FROM PLANNING TO ACTION: In the wake of the socio-environmental crisis, there was an atmosphere of distrust between local governments, the mining company and the communities. With the CISAL project, strategies were undertaken to promote a process of institutional strengthening and a culture of participatory planning that paved the way for sustainable development in the region. Read more.

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR EVERYONE: We worked with local governments to promote local economic development in collaboration with private companies, academia, civil society and community groups. Read more.

BETTER CAPACITIES FOR ALL: After several courses with the University of Antioquia and a series of technical assistance with Canadian experts in transparency, accountability, and leadership, today municipal officials and leaders have better capacities. Read more.

In 2012, Buritica was a quiet farming town with a tradition in coffee production. One year later, Continental Gold (CG) obtained the license to extract gold. What looked like an opportunity for development became a nightmare in 2014 when there was a massive migration of illegal miners to Buritica and neighboring municipalities. The region lived for a couple of years in conflict with illegal mining, which overwhelmed public services and sparked an environmental, social, and political crisis. In 2016, a military operation was carried out with the support of regional institutions and national government to recover the territory.

In the past five years, CISAL worked closely with the municipalities of Buritica, Cañasgordas, Frontino and Santa Fe de Antioquia in the planning and implementation of inclusive sustainable development practices.

Municipalities with which CISAL works:




Santa Fé de Antioquia

“We need to create links and opportunities in our mining communities together with the governments and companies; links that lead to the opening and development of our communities. ”

María Lucelly Higuita, Buriticá leader, Antioquia