The 20 cooperation projects carried out under the URB-AL III Programme have had an impact on 500 municipalities and have reached 1.8 million beneficiaries
According to the systemisation of the URB-AL III Office for Coordination and Orientation (OCO) based on the information provided by the projects, a total of 131 local public policies have been initiated or strengthened under this European Commission regional cooperation programme with Latin America, the objective of which is to help increase the level of social cohesion among sub-national governments.
The URB-AL III Programme (ver documental), the activities of which will gradually conclude during the first half of 2013, has seen 160 participants on both sides of the Atlantic and actions taken in 74 Latin American territories, accounting for some 500 municipalities with an approximate population of 26 million people.
The URB-AL III Programme, which began in 2009, is comprised of 20 cooperation projects developed in Latin America and an Office of Coordination and Orientation (OCO). The OCO is a consortium of public administrations led by the Provincial Government of Barcelona and also formed by the FIIAPP (Madrid), the province of Santa Fe (Argentina), the Main City Hall of Bogotá (Colombia), the Municipality of San José (Costa Rica), the Tuscany region and the OICS (Italy).
At least 23,446 people have participated in the training actions developed through the 20 URB-AL III Programme projects. For its part, the OCO has promoted 25 training actions and three editions of the Local Leadership Platform in which a total of 650 people have participated (see OCO training activities ).
A total of 11 projects contain construction work, rehabilitation or land recovery as part of their activities. This work has been primarily done in three sectors: improving solid waste infrastructure (7 units built); rehabilitating urban areas (389 worksites including the 360 trade“stalls” for the International Line project); and the recovery of polluted urban areas (60.2 hectares under the INTEGRATION project).
1,613 jobs have also been created and formalised under the Programme.
As far as the OCO, the reflection activities have led to the preparation and dissemination of some 60 documents (including six studies on local and regional social cohesion public policies and six methods guides) and the mobilisation of nearly 3,000 people at events like URBsociAL, los Regional Dialogues or the capitalization best practises strategy.