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Summit of the Americas Follow-Up

Active Democracy: Citizen Network for the Implementation of Summit Mandates

FOCAL played a leadership role in the Active Democracy Network projects to build and improve civil society participation and government implementation of summit mandates. 

Between 2002 and 2008, FOCAL executed two projects to follow up on the 2001 Summit of the Americas’ Quebec City Plan of Action. The project built civil society participation and capacity, and monitored governments’ implementation of the following Summit mandates:

1. Access to Public Information
2. Freedom of Expression
3. Access to Justice and the Independence of the Judiciary
4. Local Governments and Decentralization

Working in collaboration with several regional organizations, these projects developed a methodology for civil society in 21 countries to monitor progress in these areas, produce national reports and share information and recommendations with their respective governments. An Americas-wide report was shared at both the Fourth and Fifth Summits.

Our partners during the project included the Active Democracy Network, Corporación Participa  (Chile), the Regional Co-ordinator for Economic and Social Research (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales, CRIES, Nicaragua), Instituto Venezolano de Estudios Sociales y Políticos (INVESP, Venuzuela) and the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).

The final phase of this project is for select countries to build a National Alliance for the Fulfillment of Summit of the Americas Mandates with the goal of catalyzing concrete action and bringing together national expertise to strengthen the Summit process and the implementation of mandates. FOCAL held consultations in Vancouver and Calgary with key stakeholders in advance of the Fifth Summit of the Americas in April 2009. Following the Fifth Summit, we met with a diverse cross-section of Canadians interested in foreign policy issues in Latin America by participating at the Canada’s World Foreign Policy Camp. The project successfully increased Canadians’ awareness of the Summit of the Americas and of Canada’s role in the hemisphere.

This project was funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) based in Ottawa, Canada.


Canada National Report 2008

Canada National Report 2004

Regional Reports: North America

FOCAL Summit of the Americas Bulletins:

Fifth Summit Bulletin 1, March 27, 2009

Fifth Summit Bulletin 2, April 14, 2009

More information can be found at http://www.sociedadcivil.net/

Participating civil society organizations:

The summit follow-up project was managed by the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL, Canada), Corporación Participa (Chile) and Instituto Venezolano de Estudios Sociales y Políticos (INVESP, Venezuela). A total of 24 organizations implemented the project. Those marked with an asterisk were involved in forming National Alliances.

North America
Canada* - Canadian Foundation for the Americas
United States* - Partners of the Americas
México* - Alianza Cívica

Grenada - Grenada Community Development Organization (Grenconda)
Jamaica - Association of Development Agencies (ADA)
Trinidad and Tobago* - The Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women
Barbados - Women and Development Unit (WAND), University of the West Indies
Dominican Republic* - Participación Ciudadana

Central America
Costa Rica - Fundación del Servicio Exterior para la Paz y la Democracia (Funpadem)
El Salvador - CARE El Salvador
Guatemala - Acción Ciudadana
Honduras - Asociación para una Ciudadanía Participativa (ACI-Participa)
Panamá - Centro de Estudios y Políticas Sociales Panameñas
Nicaragua - Instituto para el Desarrollo y la Democracia (IPADE)

Andean Region
Bolivia - Ciudadanos Trabajando por la Justicia
Colombia* - Fundación Presencia
Perú* - Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Desarrollo (DESCO)
Ecuador - Corporación Latinoamericana para el Desarrollo (CLD)
Venezuela - Instituto Venezolano de Estudios Sociales y Políticos (INVESP)

Southern Cone
Brazil* - Associação Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento de Lideranças (ABDL)
Chile* - Corporación Participa
Paraguay* - Semillas para la Democracia
Uruguay* - Grupo Archivos y Acceso a la Información Pública (GAIP)
Argentina* - Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)


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