On July 21, 2013, the URB-AL III Program comes to an end, with significant results and positive prospects of sustainability. The OCO* website will maintain the program’s entire documental and audiovisual legacy.
URB-AL III, with 1.8 million beneficiaries, includes 20 cooperation projects implemented in 74 Latin American territories and the OCO*. Within the framework of the URB-AL III, 131 local public policies have been created or strengthened, contributing to promoting social cohesion in over 500 Latin American municipalities.
The program has provided incentives for building baseline models capable of indicating possible solutions to subnational Latin American governments that want to promote social cohesion dynamics.
Thanks to the monitoring reports and field work, all the URB-AL III Program projects have consolidated measures for the sustainability of results.
Among these results, 23,446 people have been trained, 1,613 jobs have been created and 389 rehabilitation and construction projects have been conducted for urban spaces and local infrastructures (Main results and impacts of the URB-AL III Program projects).
The program’s achievements include the creation of a common Euro-Latin American language and agenda regarding social cohesion and building networks, and the development of new instruments for improving local public management (See Final Report).
One of the program’s major challenges was the sustainability of its actions, which was publicly recognised by EuropeAid (European Commission), whose Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jolita Butkeviciene, declared in Brussels that URB-AL III will serve as a model for the European Union’s new cooperation programming in the region (read more).
*The OCO is a consortium of public administrations led by the Barcelona City Council and including the International Ibero-American Foundation of Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP, Spain), the Tuscany Region and the Interregional Development Cooperation Observatory, OICS (Italy), the Municipality of San José (Costa Rica), the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá (Colombia) and the Province of Santa Fe (Argentina).