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  • I am here to express to you the importance of supporting the Regional Learning Program. This program initiated in September of 2006 with an agreement between the Impact Alliance and the British Department for International Development. Today, I will share with you the goals, strategies, and accomplishments to-date of the Regional Learning Program.
  • Regional Learning Program - Presentation English

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    2. 2. What is the Regional Learning Program? The Regional Learning Program (PAR) is an alliance of national and international NGOs, municipal governments and associations and grassroots organizations working to promote improved public policy for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at sub-national levels. The PAR emphasizes the importance of bringing together knowledge, technical expertise and advocacy at a regional level to improve the impact of sub-national governments on poverty.
    3. 3. What challenges does the PAR address? <ul><li>The need to develop the capacities of sub-national governments to better support the achievement of the MDGs </li></ul><ul><li>Limited information and knowledge flows concerning the challenges and opportunities between the international financial institutions and sub national governments in Latin America </li></ul><ul><li>Tackling poverty in urban areas —in Latin America the majority of people living on less than $2/day are in urban areas </li></ul><ul><li>The complexities faced by border regions in distant and neglected areas of the Amazon along the Brazil-Andean borders </li></ul>
    4. 4. Where does the PAR operate? Bolivia Brazil Colombia Ecuador Nicaragua Peru Regionally
    5. 5. Impact Alliance Inspire, inform, and improve practice and performance within organizations leading to the reduction of poverty and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods. Pact (Washington D.C. USA) Builds empowered communities, effective governments and responsible private institutions that give people an opportunity for a better life; by strengthening the capacity of organizations and institutions to be good service providers, represent their stakeholders, network with others for learning and knowledge sharing, and advocate for social, economic and environmental justice. The partners
    6. 6. GNTP, The National Working Group for Participation (Bolivia) (GNTP–for its Spanish acronym) Supports and strengthens the construction of a just and equitable society, where forums for exercising citizenry of vulnerable groups is promoted. Strengthening respect for diversity, shared responsibility, and leadership towards a collective well-being. The partners IBAM , The Brazilian Institute for Municipal Administration (Brazil) Working to strengthen municipal governments, through a vision of a democratic society, whose goals include the study, exploration and search for solutions to municipal and urban problems, in the context of regional and national development .
    7. 7. REDPERU National network of civil society organizations working to promote decentralization, citizen participation and accountability in Peru. FLACMA (Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Local Government Associations) The Regional Association of Local Governments and Cities for Latin America. Promotes improved policy frameworks and conditions for local governments, engages with international community and donor organizations. CARE International International NGO committed to improving livelihoods and reducing poverty, involved in Andean countries. The partners
    8. 8. What has the PAR accomplished to date? <ul><li>The development of approaches for improving local and regional governance in bi-national, cross-border regions of the Amazon between Bolivia and Brazil. </li></ul><ul><li>Tackling urban poverty through the development of a participatory, integrated approach in urban areas of Santa Cruz in Bolivia, including the use of Citizen Report Cards , MDG-based indicators and planning and replication of the “ Bogota Como Vamos ” approach </li></ul><ul><li>Improving policy responses and frameworks to address these challenges </li></ul>
    9. 9. What has the PAR accomplished to date (continued) ? <ul><li>Enhanced capacity of the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities, and Local Government Associations (FLACMA) to better engage with IFIs on modalities and mechanisms for sub-national lending </li></ul><ul><li>Supported policy dialogue between REDPERU and IFIs on decentralization policies and approaches in Peru </li></ul><ul><li>Provided technical inputs to the regional policy dialogue on Social Protection in Urban Areas in Bolivia </li></ul><ul><li>Produced and disseminated a series of case studies of innovative poverty reduction approaches led by local governments or associations </li></ul>
    10. 10. What has the PAR accomplished to date (continued) ? <ul><li>Increased the level of awareness of the challenges, needs and importance of sub-national governments— locally, regionally, and globally </li></ul><ul><li>Greater exchange between Latin American sub-national governments, international financial institutions (IFIs), and representative bodies </li></ul><ul><li>The development, implementation and refinement of innovative methods for discovering, disseminating, and sharing best practices, methodologies, and tools to address urban and cross-border local governance issues </li></ul><ul><li>Developed tools and approaches for bottom-up, responsive capacity building based on horizontal exchange that drives innovation </li></ul><ul><li>A robust PAR community web platform for improved virtual coordination and management </li></ul>
    11. 11. How does the PAR respond to these challenges? <ul><li>CONNECTING stakeholders and experiences locally, nationally, and internationally </li></ul><ul><li>DEVELOPING coordinated responses to local, national and regional challenges that combine the expertise and resources of diverse actors </li></ul><ul><li>SCALING-UP local solutions to regional challenges </li></ul>connect develop scale-up
    12. 12. CONNECTING stakeholders… Convening diverse actors in high impact events focused on learning, sharing, and establishing common agendas <ul><li>2nd Bi-national Meeting to Share Municipal Experiences from the Border Region </li></ul><ul><li>- Guajará-Mirim, Brazil (February 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>The International Seminar: Decentralization and Social Inclusion in the Context of Regional Integration Processes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Lima, Peru (February 2008) </li></ul></ul>International Urban Forum: Paths to the Achievement of the Millennium Goals in Urban Areas - Santa Cruz, Bolivia (March 2008)
    13. 13. CONNECTING stakeholders (continued)… Convening diverse actors in high impact events focused on learning, sharing, and establishing common agendas <ul><li>Forum for the Development of Southeastern Bolivia: The Pantanal </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Pantanal, Bolivia (September 2007) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Border Event Guayaramerín, Bolivia – Guajará-Mirim, Brazil: Constructing a bi-national agenda at the local level </li></ul><ul><li>- Guayaramerín, Bolivia (August 2006) </li></ul>Bolivian President, Evo Morales (on right), attending a PAR event in the Pantanal, Bolivia
    14. 14. CONNECTING experiences… Systematizing and disseminating existing best practices in sub-national public policy that contribute to poverty reduction and the achievement of the MDGs 3rd Edition of the Award for Sub national Best Practices In Ecuador - Member of the Inter-institutional Committee (March 2007 – March 2008) Case Studies on sub-national initiatives toward poverty reduction in Latin America - Publication (March 2007)
    15. 15. CONNECTING experiences and stakeholders through… Information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote dissemination of strategic knowledge, lessons learned and best practices that inform decisions <ul><li>The Latin American Regional JAM: Instruments and Tools for the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- An online event (December 2007) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Use of diverse web-portals and listservs to disseminate targeted PAR achievements and resources </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 16. DEVELOPING coordinated responses… Promoting collaboration amongst diverse stakeholders for more systemic responses to real world challenges Work with the Latin American Federation for Cities, Municipalities, and Associations of Local Governments (FLACMA – for its Spanish acronym) to strengthen its ability to dialogue and represent Associations of Local Governments, in events and meetings that involve international financial institutions (IFIs) and international cooperation agencies Technical assistance and support in the creation of the Development Plan for the Bolivian Pantanal (PLADEPA) through the use of mechanisms for compromise and stakeholder engagement Technical Officer, Diego Peña, of FLACMA in a PAR sponsored event
    17. 17. DEVELOPING coordinated responses (continued) … Promoting collaboration amongst diverse stakeholders for more systemic responses to real world challenges (Photo credit-prefecture of Corumbá, Brazil) (Photo credit-prefecture of Corumbá, Brazil) Bi-national (Bolivia-Brazil) Political Commitment to strengthen the public administration capacity and bring about the sustained development of the border region of the Pantanal. “ … The Municipalities have decided to work together in search for sustained development of the Pantanal region, as well as to seek improved levels of well-being of their populations. ” ~ Letter of Intent Municipalities of the Brazil-Bolivia Pantanal Region Corumbá, Brazil (May 2, 2008)
    18. 18. SCALING-UP solutions… The International Seminar - Decentralization and Social Inclusion in the Context of Regional Integration Processes: Combining the expertise and experience of local, national, and international stakeholders to arrive at shared conclusions related to approaches and decision-making processes “ … It is becoming more and more evident that decentralization shouldn’t replicate old styles of inefficient and bureaucratic public administration that have been applied. On the contrary, there should be an opportunity to develop qualitative and quantitative change in the services that, today, various Nations offer, resulting in improved fiscal efficiency. ” ~ Conclusions from the International Seminar San Isidro, Peru (February 8, 2008)
    19. 19. SCALING-UP solutions (continued)… Creation of Cross-Border, Cross-Sector Working Groups that respond to shared challenges along the border region (Guayaramerín, Bolivia – Guajará-Mirim, Brazil) “ My outlook is really good…because we already had a meeting with the mayors from both Guajará-Mirim and Guayaramerín. This was fundamental to meet for the first time with mayors, with their secretaries, where we could exchange experiences and identify possible solutions for the problems we face in the region. ” ~ Jose Felipe Becerra, Secretary of Environment Municipal Government of Guajará-mirim, Brazil
    20. 20. The PAR brings regional perspective to local work and local experience to regional decision-making processes and stakeholders
    21. 21. Investing in the PAR… Is an investment in a program that responds regionally by leveraging the vast experience of organizations that work at the local, national, and regional levels
    22. 22. Investing in the PAR… Maximizes your investment for regional impact , by focusing on improving the decision-making and public policy design of thousands of sub-national governments for achievement of the MDGs
    23. 23. Investing in the PAR… Connects current projects, institutional expertise and capacity, taking your impact to scale !
    24. 24. For more information, or to get involved in the Regional Learning Program, visit our web site, or contact: Marcelo Renjel (Coordinator) [email_address] Fernando Dick (GNTP, Bolivia) [email_address] Gil Suarez (IBAM, Brazil) [email_address] Carlos Hertz (RedPeru) [email_address] Guillermo Rivero (Pact, U.S.A.) [email_address] Jeffrey Kwaterski (Impact Alliance) [email_address]