How have municipalities and communities improved their capacities for local management?
- After several courses with the University of Antioquia and a series of technical assistance missions with Canadian experts, municipalities innovated their accountability practices:
- Buritica shares the advances of its Municipal Development Plan through a sort of carrousel event where each manager shared the advances from their area of responsibility and responded directly to their questions from the public.
- Frontino and Cañasgordas use a combination of social media, physical documents and public events for improved accountability.
- The community leaders now have a greater understanding of the Municipal Development Plans and have tools to advocate to the local authorities through the ASOCOMUNAL (Associations for Joint Communal Action) and in multi-actor dialogue spaces.
- The National Service for Learning (SENA) in Antioquia has developed courses related to the mining sector with the support of Continental Gold. Between 2017 and 2018, 4,624 people from four municipalities were certified by SENA programs. As a result, of the 1,075 locals hired in Continental Gold, 581 were from the Western Antioquia region.
“Today, local governments recognize the opportunities, the regional challenges, and their own roles in promoting sustainable development. The mining company is committed to the economic and social processes in the region. The community is empowered and involved in the transformation of its territory.”
Sandra Natalia Úsuga, Directora de la UMATA de Buriticá