LA GUAJIRA – COLOMBIA

Main Results in La Guajira:

  • DIALOGUE SPACES FOR GOVERNANCE: Learn how multi-stakeholder dialogue spaces were built to promote governance and sustainable development in the region through the Saline Development Table in Manaure and the Water Table of La Guajira. Read more.

  • BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITIES: As part of the process of strengthening the Local Economic Development offices of the municipalities, local governments promoted value chains and better opportunities for indigenous communities, women and youth. Read more.

  • BEST CAPABILITIES FOR ALL: CISAL offered a series of courses in governance, leadership and local economic development taught by the University of La Guajira and the EAN University, as well as technical assistance from Canadian municipal experts. Read more.

The department of La Guajira is Colombia’s window to the Caribbean Sea. In spite of having an immense biodiversity and an ancient Wayuu culture, La Guajira is one of the poorest departments in Colombia.

In La Guajira, CISAL has been working with three municipalities in the area of influence of the Cerrejon mine, the largest open-pit coal mine in the Americas. Farther north, on the Caribbean Coast, CISAL works with Manaure, a salt-producing municipality located in the area of ​​influence of BG Salinas.

When the project began, a common factor in these regions was a lack of communication, mistrust, and conflict between, the local governments, the mining companies, and community members. CISAL began to work to strengthen institutions and promote sustainable and inclusive development in this challenging context.

Iris is an inspiring woman from Manaure, La Guajira, and her voice represents the voice of artisans from her region.

These are the voices of those people who made it possible for the CISAL Project to make a difference in the La Guajira region.