About the Inter-American Council for Integral Development - CIDI

The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) is an Organization of American States body directly answerable to the General Assembly, with decision making power in matters of partnership for integral development. The purpose of CIDI is to promote cooperation among its Member States for the furtherance of their integral development and, in particular, to help eliminate extreme poverty.

The CIDI is composed of all the Member States who meet in regular, special, specialized or sectoral meetings.

The Executive Secretariat for Integral Development, SEDI, is responsible for coordinating and facilitating support the process of defining and implementing, where necessary, the decisions in the framework of CIDI. The principal activities of SEDI are aimed at facilitating decision making on behalf of the political organs and following up on mandates of these organs.

CIDI has the following subsidiary organs:

The purpose of the inter-American committees is to lend continuity to the sectoral dialogue on partnership for development in a given sector, follow-up on the mandates issued at the ministerial level and identify multilateral cooperation initiatives. The nature, purpose, structure and functioning of each of the committees is established by their own Rules of Procedure.

Another one of the subsidiary organs established by CIDI is the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development which is composed of the Management Board and the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development. The principal purpose is to promote, coordinate, manage, and facilitate the planning and execution of programs, projects, and activities, "partnership for development activities", within the scope of the OAS Charter and, in particular, the framework of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development of CIDI, or the "Strategic Plan".

The Non Permanent Specialized Committees (CENPES) are technical bodies composed of no more than seven individuals recognized for competence in their area of specialization. The CENPES meet at least once a year at OAS Headquarters to review project proposals that have been submitted to FEMCIDI for funding in the following areas: Culture; Education; Strengthening of Democratic Institutions; Sustainable Development of Tourism; Scientific Development and Exchange and Transfer of Technology; Economic Diversification and Integration, Trade Liberalization and Market Access; Social Development and Creation of Productive Employment; Sustainable Development and Environment; and Integral Development.

  • Other subsidiary bodies and agencies created by the Council