Our friends at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Revitalization Workgroup have formed an interesting international partnership focused on neighborhood revitalization. The announcement of the partnership can be found below.
Building Transnational Neighborhoods of Opportunity through the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Framework: Los Angeles-Central America Learning Exchange: Building Safe, Secure and Strong and Resilient Communities in 2012
The Los Angeles Neighborhood Revitalization Workgroup in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Center for the Study of Social Policy, United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), Education Development Center (EDC), the INCAE Business School, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank and key leaders from Central America (namely Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama) will jointly convene the US-Central America Learning Exchange: Building Safe, Secure and Strong and Resilient Communities in 2012.
The first meeting is scheduled to take place in Honduras in March 2012 in follow-up to President Lobo’s visit to Washington, DC in October 2011 where his delegation expressed interest in more exchanges on prevention programming. This event will be followed by subsequent Learning Exchanges in El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama.
Given the renewed interest in neighborhood revitalization strategies, prevention programming and need for the creation of a “Citizen Security Community of Practice”, USAID is proposing this learning exchange to meet three specific objectives:
- Explore opportunities to better align individual efforts and knowledge, and ultimately leverage and mobilize greater resources across both the public, private and philanthropic sectors;
- Lay the foundation for forming and growing an intentional "community of practice" to reduce violence and promote healthy child, family and community development, share viable information and collaborating across sectors to achieve healthier communities;
- Deepen awareness and spur a new, informed dialogue that focuses on how social determinants and the distribution of money, power and resources can influence and shape the prevalence of violence and health in distressed communities.
These three objectives will also inform The Central American Integration System (SICA) implementation of its seven prevention projects that form part of the regional security strategy.
It will also form part of the UNDP’s coordination of the SICA Group of Friends Prevention Pillar, where USAID, World Bank and IDB are also participating. Moreover a major component of this effort will be to engage more directly with regional private sector actors who have demonstrated an interest in prevention programming and can serve as champions for others in the region to spur more investment in this area.
The Learning Exchange will equally provide a platform to lift up Los Angeles’s efforts around Promise Neighborhoods in building a powerful vehicle to implement integrated services and a structured service delivery framework that supports a comprehensive pipeline of programs for children from birth through college graduation, wrapped in supports for families; creates a neighborhood environment that nurtures healthy development; evaluate outcomes; and supports a culture of success.
Finally the learning exchanges will explore community revitalization approaches in Los Angeles and Central America that address safety and security through a multi-sectoral approach that supports local communities in developing and obtaining the tools they need to support community development through the integration of political, social and economic strategies that revitalize neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and crime into neighborhoods of opportunity.
If you have any questions you can contact Ruben Gonzales, the Center for the Study of Social Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 721-4895.