Development Cooperation Fund

The OAS Development Cooperation Fund (OAS/DCF) is an innovative non-reimbursable technical cooperation instrument that optimizes multi-sectoral partnerships and alliances in order to provide targeted technical cooperation initiatives that are community based, locally delivered and responsive to the specific capacity building needs of member states.

The Fund, which is capitalized primarily through the voluntary contributions of Member States, also receives contributions from other multi-lateral organizations and partners. In keeping with the organizational approach to integral development, it provides member states options for securing development assistance, as they lead and manage their own socio-economic development based on the priority areas established in the OAS Comprehensive Strategic Plan (Development Pillar).

Over the period 2014 – 2017, 18 programs were implemented in the areas of Social Inclusion/Social Protection and Productive Employment, with Education, Science and Technology as cross cutting subjects, and total seed funding of $3.2 Million. The diversity of programs under cycle 2014-2017 supported an extensive reach across different sectors of society and supported SEDI’s objective of delivering inclusive development throughout the Americas. As a result, more than 40,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean benefited from DCF program implementation through programs related to training and integration of vulnerable youth into the labor market, financial empowerment of low-income families, development of inclusive policies for people with disabilities, sustainable livelihoods for farmers, among other areas of interest for member states. 

The 2017-2021 programming cycle allocates $1.5 million to support the implementation of 18 programs across the region in the three priority areas of the Inter-American Education Agenda (IEA), with science and technology as a cross cutting subject. The programs, which are in the early stages of implementation, are expected to strengthen the quality of education being offered in member states, and expand access to vulnerable groups such as women, youth, indigenous persons, and rural communities. Programming is also aligned to support the efforts of member states in the development and strengthening of policies to meet Goal#4 of the 2030 Agenda.

 

Essential Documents

This section provides access to relevant background documents related to the decisions made by Member States on the Fund’s purpose and structure.

 

DCF Programs

The list below provides information about DCF-funded programs since it was restructured in 2014. Development programs are featured by country, and marked by a symbol on the map. Users may find the programs’ title, general and specific objectives, and the name of the local executing agency. Major results are only available for the past cycle.

 

Area of Action Program Name Executing Agency General Objective Program Objective
Antigua & BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda
Strengthening of the Teaching Profession Teacher Empowerment for Nation Building Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Strengthen teacher professional development to improve the quality of education Through in-service programs, build capacity among teachers to design intervention strategies to better cater to at risk students.
ArgentinaArgentina
Strengthening of the Teaching Profession Programa de Formación de Formadores Instituto Nacional de Formación Docente (INFoD) del Ministerio de Educación de la Nación Strengthen teacher professional development to improve the quality of education Implement an innovative strategy for training trainers that promotes the development of professional learning communities and pedagogical innovations in the Higher Institutes of Teacher Training throughout the country (state and/or private management with state subsidy), which dictate Primary Level Teachers and Secondary Level in the areas of language and mathematics.
BahamasBahamas
Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Bahamas Early Start Project (BES) Ministry of Education Promote universal access to and strengthen the equitable delivery of comprehensive and quality early childhood development for all children from the earliest stages of development. Increase the capacities of teachers, teacher’s aides, caregivers and parents on ten islands (New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, Cat island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Berry Islands, Long Island and Crooked Island) to execute appropriate practices in the education and care of young children.
BarbadosBarbados
Strengthening of the Teaching Profession Strengthening of Teacher Professional Development to Improve the Quality of Education Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (METI) Strengthen teacher professional development to improve the quality of education Establish a Profesional Development Centre to ensure access to initial and continuous professional development that meets the emerging needs of teachers through the development of face to face, online, and blended programmes.
Costa RicaCosta Rica
Quality, Inclusive and Equitable Education Proyecto "Profes Comunitarios"  de la Estrategia YO ME APUNTO Ministerio de Educacón Pública Promote the creation of opportunities to ensure universal access to quality, inclusive and equitable secondary education for vulnerable and low-income students. Contribute to increase the permanence and educational success of 540 students in the III cycle of Basic General Education who belong to 18 educational centers located in districts of priority attention, areas with unsatisfied basic needs and low family education, through the implementation of comprehensive and innovative pedagogical strategies with the student body and their families, developed by the Community Teacher.
EcuadorEcuador
Quality, Inclusive and Equitable Education Formación Docente y Prácticas Educativas Inclusivas en las Escuelas Ecuatorianas Universidad Nacional de Educación (UNAE) Promote the creation of opportunities to ensure universal access to quality, inclusive and equitable secondary education for vulnerable and low-income students. Develop skills in teachers to implement innovative methodologies of educational inclusion in public institutions of initial and basic education in the provinces of Azuay, Cañar and Morona Santiago (Zone 6), replicable throughout the educational system.
El SalvadorEl Salvador
Quality, Inclusive and Equitable Education Educación Inclusiva: Construyendo espacios de participación y aprendizaje para la vida Ministerio de Educación Promote the creation of opportunities to ensure universal access to quality, inclusive and equitable secondary education for vulnerable and low-income students. Improve the educational offer for the development of learning, general skills, and life skills of 5.000 adolescents and young people between 13 and 21 years of age that have some disability condition, and which are being served in the 14 departments of the country, and are at risk of exclusion and social vulnerability in the Salvadoran educational system.
GuyanaGuyana
Quality, Inclusive and Equitable Education Improving Technical/Vocational Education in Secondary and Post Secondary Institutions Ministry of Education Promote the creation of opportunities to ensure universal access to quality, inclusive and equitable secondary education for vulnerable and low-income students. 1. Enhance the capacity of six(6) teachers to deliver level one Occupational programme in Heavy Duty Equipment Maintenance and Repairs programme of the Linden Technical Institute(LTI).
2. Develop the capacity of 10-15 teachers to deliver the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Level 4 Programme in Occupational Health Environment and Safety.
HondurasHonduras
Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Padres y Madres Criando a sus Hijos con Amor Secretaría de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social (SEDIS) Promote universal access to and strengthen the equitable delivery of comprehensive and quality early childhood development for all children from the earliest stages of development. 1. Strengthen the capacities of 397 facilitators and 3,970 volunteers of the Community Strategy “Criando con Amor” to replicate their knowledge to other facilitators, parents, mothers and community actors in the promotion, knowledge and implementation of the 14 behavioral changes.
2. Create standards and the respective system for measuring results in behavioral changes in pregnant mothers, fathers, mothers and/or caregivers of children under 6 years of age.
JamaicaJamaica
Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Child Care Education and Development Intervention System (CCEADIS) Early Childhood Commission Promote universal access to and strengthen the equitable delivery of comprehensive and quality early childhood development for all children from the earliest stages of development. Generate updated and systematized information on key indicators to inform/strengthen policy decisions in Early Childhood Development.
NicaraguaNicaragua
Quality, Inclusive and Equitable Education Fortalecimiento de las capacidades y habilidades tecnológicas de estudiantes docentes y directores de Educación Secundaria a Distancia en el Campo. Ministerio de Educación Promote the creation of opportunities to ensure universal access to quality, inclusive and equitable secondary education for vulnerable and low-income students. Develop capacities for the proper use of digital teaching tools in the disciplines of mathematics, English, language and literature, natural sciences and social sciences, aimed at 63 teachers, 21 directors and 3,526 students in 21 centers that impart the Distance Secondary School modality in Rural areas, specifically in the municipalities of Matagalpa, Zelaya Central (New Guinea) and Mining Sector (Siuna).
PanamaPanama
Comprehensive Early Childhood Care La Eduación de la Primera Infancia es Importante porque Primero es lo Primero Ministerio de Educación Promote universal access to and strengthen the equitable delivery of comprehensive and quality early childhood development for all children from the earliest stages of development. Expand the activities of the workshops of the program "La educación de la primera infancia es importante porque primero es lo primero" to 18 communities of the Province of Chiriquí, to develop the capacities of 579 parents, 111 relatives, 65 caregivers, and 61 pregnant women, to improve parenting guidelines for children to support them in their role as primary educators.
PeruPeru
Strengthening of the Teaching Profession Fortalecimiento de capacidades de formadores de formación inicial docente en metodologías multigrado en el Perú Ministerio de Educación Strengthen teacher professional development to improve the quality of education. Identify and socialize sustainable models of good teaching practices that allow teachers in service to improve their performance and effectiveness in the classroom, while strengthening the social recognition of the teaching profession.
Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis
Strengthening of the Teaching Profession Professionalizing the Teaching Force Ministry of Education Strengthen teacher professional development to improve the quality of education Strengthen professional development and performance management processes for 889 teachers serving the early childhood to secondary level education.
Saint LuciaSaint Lucia
Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Towards a more quality assured ECD sector Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations Promote universal access to and strengthen the equitable delivery of comprehensive and quality early childhood development for all children from the earliest stages of development. Strengthen the Early Childhood Sector in Saint Lucia through the implementation of regulations, adherence to minimum standards of operations, and establishment of a body for institutional support.
Saint Vincent and The GrenadinesSaint Vincent and The Grenadines
Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Restructuring the Early Childhood Curriculum in SVG Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation and Information Promote universal access to and strengthen the equitable delivery of comprehensive and quality early childhood development for all children from the earliest stages of development. Create a unified, project- based, and student-centered curriculum that effectively integrates ICTs in Early Childhood Education.
UruguayUruguay
Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Integración Interinstitucional de  Sistemas de Información para la Atención y Educación a la Primera Infancia en Uruguay  Administración Nacional de Educación Pública (ANEP) - Consejo de Educación Inicial y Primaria (CEIP) Promote universal access to and strengthen the equitable delivery of comprehensive and quality early childhood development for all children from the earliest stages of development. Strengthen intersectoral and inter-institutional collaboration to improve the quality of care and integral education for early childhood, through: the integration of their information systems, the inclusion of quality indicators and the legal and operational training of teachers and operators.

Area of Action: Social Development and the Creation of Productive Employment

Program & Execution Agency General Objective Specific Objective Major Results
Antigua & BarbudaAntigua & Barbuda
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Ministry of Social Development
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. A financial empowerment program geared towards targeted indigent households developed and piloted within the context of the National Social Protection Strategy. 39 low-income families with improved financial situation through personalized guidance at ther Center for Financial Empowerment established by the project.
ArgentinaArgentina
Productive Employment
- Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. Retain and increase employment through the introduction of new technologies in industrial sectors highly impacted by technology, and the creation of companies based on new technologies; by supporting and improving governmental mechanisms that transfer technology to existing SMEs. Improved governmental mechanisms for strategic management and transfer of technology to existing SMEs in 4 regions for the development and consolidation of new technologies in industries that are highly impacted by technology.
BarbadosBarbados
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. Improved Government capacity to measure and appraise performance in the delivery of social services by 2017. Enhanced Government's capacity to measure and appraise performance in the delivery of social services through the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework.
BelizeBelize
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. By 2017, 50% of households participating in the Wraparound Service Model (WSM) are enjoying an improved quality of life and exit extreme poverty as evidenced by external evaluation of the pilot scheme and triangulated via the direct application of parallel poverty measures (MDI and money metrics) and level of achievement of family goals and targets. 400 households living below the extreme poverty line covered through a comprehensive Wraparound Service Model (WSM) of the Social Protection System.
ChileChile
Productive Employment
- Servicio Nacional de Capacitación y Empleo
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. Access to employment through the implementation of a self-diagnosis and labor orientation module for vulnerable population, preferably belonging to the first three income quintiles. Piloted self-test labor orientation module for vulnerable persons, which improved knowledge on labor market management aimed at increasing access to employment.
Costa RicaCosta Rica
Productive Employment
- Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio (MEIC)
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. Creation of employment opportunities through the strengthening of national SMEs that establish productive linkages to provide goods and services to public sector institutions. Strengthened government capacity to support the development of the productive chains of 314 SMEs identified as potential suppliers of goods and services for the public sector.
DominicaDominica
Productive Employment
- Ministry of Planning, Economic Development and Investment
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. The employment and income earning capacity of farmers and unemployed youth enrolled in the National Employment Program in the North-Eastern region of Dominica increased through innovation in agriculture, life-skills and entrepreneurship skills training. Enhanced the capacity of 103 farmers to generate their own income from farming activities through training conducted by the Farmers Field School created in the North East Agricultural region of the country.
170 persons from the pool of National Employment Program trained in workplace skills to aid their transition to the workplace.
EcuadorEcuador
Productive Employment
- Ministerio de Industrias y Productividad (MIPRO)
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. Increase the employability of the small producers --individual and/or groups-- of coffee and fine aroma cocoa, by strengthening institutional and local capacities through technical assistance and technological support in the value chain. 488 small coffee and fine aroma cocoa producers trained in strategies to improve value chain processes that will increase productivity and contribute to economic development.
296 government technical experts trained as trainers to replicate new technologies and good manufacturing practices.
El SalvadorEl Salvador
Productive Employment
- Ministerio de Economía (MINEC)
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. Contribute to reduce the youth unemployment rate through a program to strengthen the education of young people and facilitate their insertion into the labor market. The project aims to design and systematize a methodology to train and develop the skills required by the video game industry, which has great potential to sell services outside and inside the country. 75 youth trained on the development of video games to meet the labor market needs of the entertainment industry and reduce youth unemployment.
HondurasHonduras
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Dirección de Discapacidad, Secretaría de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social (SEDIS)
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. Create the capacity to provide comprehensive care to people with disabilities through the creation of a system of identification and georeferencing of the population with disabilities in specific areas of the country. Over 17,000 persons with disabilities identified and classified through a Geographic Information System (GIS) in 28 municipalities.
JamaicaJamaica
Productive Employment
- The Clarendon Parish Development Committee (CPDC)
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. By 2018 Peckham will be producing and exporting at least one bamboo bi-product (bamboo charcoal), by putting into production 40 hectares of land and training and employing 80 young persons. 80 young people from 1 rural agricultural community trained and certified in the production of bamboo by-products and infusion of bamboo in light-emitting diode (LED) technology to improve their employability, entrepreneurship prospects and income potential.
Refined Policy Framework for New Bamboo Industry developed.
MéxicoMéxico
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL)
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. Facilitate and promote the inclusion and financial education of beneficiary families of the PROSPERA Social Inclusion Program, generating financial competences, promoting their economic security, facilitating the mobilization of their savings, and seeking the empowerment of the families that receive subsidies from the State, in a scalable and cost-effective way. 1,485 low-income families improved their financial management skills through digital education. The project was scaled-up with support from USAID reaching 13,465 people.
NicaraguaNicaragua
Productive Employment
- Sistema Nacional de Producción, Consumo y Comercio
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. Contribute to the creation of productive jobs by improving the technical, organizational, business and productive capacities of the participants in 20 established Community Seed Banks (BCS), considering the experiences of the other participants linked to the 267 Community Seed Banks. Improved the technical, organizational business management skills of 209 producers from 20 community seed banks to increase their production capacities, food security and income generation.
PanamaPanama
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Ministerio de Desarrollo Social
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. Minimize the unequal access to life and human development opportunities through the implementation of a new model of social intervention. The model is based on the articulation of communities with governmental, non-governmental organizations, and/or public-private partnerships in three modalities (urban, rural and county). 11,026 people in 3 regions mapped in pilot plan for a holistic and inclusive social intervention model to minimize asymmetries and socio-territorial gaps in those areas.
PeruPeru
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. Implement an intersectoral and intergovernmental intervention initiative aimed at promoting the autonomy of the elderly, especially those who are in a vulnerable situation such as women, those living in rural areas, people with disabilities, those who are over 80 years old, or live in single-person homes, among others; through the establishment and/or articulation of interventions by the Comprehensive Care Centers for the Elderly, in coordination with the National Program of Solidarity Assistance "Pension 65" in the areas of education, health and nutrition, employability, entrepreneurship, social security and housing. Designed management information system to strengthen comprehensive care centers for the elderly living in poverty and extreme poverty.
Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
Productive Employment
- Ministerio de Trabajo
Promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups. Train 550 at-risk youth aged between 18-29 years in the Basic Competencies Development (DCB) and Youth Entrepreneurship modalities, as well as promote the Public Employment Service to increase their labor competencies and facilitate insertion in the labor market of at least 1,000 young people. 575 at risk youth trained in basic development skills and entrepreneurship to aid their integration into the labor market.
Saint LuciaSaint Lucia
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. By 2017, 100 persons with disabilities will benefit from active participation in community based workshops that will strengthen their resilience and better enable them to utilize Local Economic Development (LED) tools and practices to facilitate their participation in the creation of micro-business enterprises for sustainable development. 75 persons with disabilities trained in basic vocational and ICT skills to support their integration into the labor market and self-sufficiency.
UruguayUruguay
Social Inclusion/Social Protection
- Dirección Nacional de Gestión Territorial. Ministerio de Desarrollo Social
Promote the creation and strengthening of comprehensive social protection systems. Contribute to strengthening the management capabilities of the resources and devices for the territorial deployment of social protection. 96 government staff trained on planning, management and monitoring in order to strengthen social protection interventions at the local and regional levels.