Strong commitments made by the District Administration to meet the goals of the CaliAfro Public Policy

Strong commitments made by the District Administration to meet the goals of the CaliAfro Public Policy
Strong commitments made by the District Administration to meet the goals of the CaliAfro Public Policy
  • With clear commitments and a strong work plan, the first CaliAfro Territorial Council Dialogue Table was closed.
  • Cali has the CaliAfro Public Policy, it has been implemented for 10 years starting in 2019 under Agreement No. 0459 of 2019.
  • Cali is the city in Colombia with the largest presence of Afro population.

Santiago de Cali, May 18, 2024

With the participation of the current delegates of the CaliAfro Territorial Council and the district cabinet, under the leadership of Mayor Alejandro Eder, the Participatory Dialogue Table was developed that allowed listening to the requests that the delegates, representing the community, have in relation with the strategic lines of the CaliAfro Public Policy and the Development Plan ‘Cali, Pacific Capital of Colombia’ 2024-2027.

The delegates to the Territorial Council are made up of the thematic axes of the CaliAfro Public Policy and are organized as follows: Health and Survival, Housing, Habitat, Environment and Territory, Culture, Recreation and Sports, Education – Afro-Colombian Ethnoeducation, Generation of Income, Economic Development and Employment, Legislation, Human Rights, Victims, Human Mobility and Mixed Flows, Communication, Information and Technology, Gender and Generation Equity (Woman, Early Childhood, Childhood, Adolescence, Youth, Adult or Elderly, Disability, LGBTI) and Rural Area Inclusion, Community Councils of Black Communities and Afro-Colombian and Afro-descendant Colonies.

This space was developed by publicizing the structure of the draft agreement of the development plan with its 8 titles, 10 chapters and 44 articles, making reference to the fact that the Afro population is found in the population groups of the Ministry of Social Welfare – annex 18, highlighting the social, psychosocial, legal orientation, mental health and digital inclusion components for this population.

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Another important point that was discussed at the dialogue table is the execution of 25% of the CaliAfro Public Policy, this being a space in which its evaluation and review of the indicative plan will be carried out, taking into account that the Public Policy has been in effect for 10 years and this would be its fifth year of execution.

Additionally, the delegates of this territorial council stated that they have concrete actions that allow them to improve the strategic lines of public policy and ensure that they are fulfilled in the different scenarios, with the guarantees that they can work as a table and have strengthening in the processes.

“From the Ministry of Social Welfare we are very happy to have developed a space with the CaliAfro Territorial Council and with the mayor, who was very clear in his commitment with the cabinet to accompany the strengthening of the CaliAfro Public Policy. We want the Afro population in Cali to feel represented and calm, because there is a team that is working to start giving results to advance public policy,” said María Isabel Barón, Secretary of Social Welfare.

For the District Administration, it is very important to generate inclusive spaces that allow improving the living conditions of the Afro population, through different exponents in health, education and income generation, managing to identify key needs and thus provide strengthening to the actions of the themselves.

Commitments that contribute to the recovery of Cali and dignify its populations

  • Hold working groups with the different organizations that are part of the CaliAfro Public Policy, to review the strategic lines.
  • Review the indicators of the Development Plan with Municipal Planning.
  • Schedule a meeting in May of this year with the dispatch team to review the social participation component of COP 16.
  • Organize the stamp budget to provide a balance to the autonomous space for the previous four years.

This Table for Cali is very important because we are the city with the largest Afro population in Colombia and the second in South America – after Salvador Bahía. For Cali this is a source of pride and a great responsibility, because we are going to work for the implementation of Public Policy and for Cali to be an example of the vanguard in integration and true inclusion,” mentioned Alejandro Eder, mayor of Santiago de Cali.

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