Member States promote national programs to reduce the illicit cultivation and illicit production of drugs through comprehensive and sustainable alternative development measures, where applicable, including social welfare strategies and targeted attention, according to the particular needs of sub-national regions.

CICAD supports the Group of Experts on Comprehensive and Sustainable Alternative Development (known by its Spanish language acronym, GEDAIS).

GEDAIS is a high-level technical group to address, according to the realities and needs of each country, the different experiences, principles, new trends, threats, and problems facing comprehensive and sustainable alternative development - and, where appropriate, preventive alternative development- in the Hemisphere, with a focus on human development.

Currently, Peru is 2023-2024 Chair, and Colombia Vice Chair 2023-2024.

Objectives
  • Support the design, implementation, and strengthening of comprehensive and balanced national programs to reduce the illicit cultivation, production and manufacture of drugs through the adoption of effective measures, such as comprehensive and sustainable alternative development, enhanced law enforcement cooperation, and other appropriate policies and programs, taking into account the particular needs of sub-national regions of each country, respecting human rights. 
  • Support the design, implementation, or strengthening of long-term alternative development programs, including rural and urban alternatives, comprehensive and sustainable alternative development programs, and, as appropriate, preventive alternative development, in accordance with the policies, laws and needs of each country, as appropriate, while respecting human rights.
Activities
  • Technical assistance to member states in support of all comprehensive and sustainable alternative development related actions included in the current Hemispheric Strategy and its Plan of Action.
  • Technical support to the Group of Experts on Comprehensive and Sustainable Alternative Development (GEDAIS).
  • Generation of institutional capacity through the activities developed by GEDAIS.
  • Development of guidelines, manuals, and technical tools related to comprehensive and sustainable alternative development.
  • Generation of political and technical dialogue, and the promotion of horizontal cooperation. 
  • Promotion of civil society and local community participation in the development of comprehensive and sustainable alternative development.
More Results
Results
CICAD has promoted a greater access to information and data to inform decision-making on comprehensive and sustainable alternative development
Through CICAD, countries have designed more effective drug policies on comprehensive and sustainable alternative development
CICAD has increased knowledge and skills regarding comprehensive and sustainable alternative development in OAS countries
Greater access to tools, such as guides, manuals, and other technical documents, to support the institutional work of member states
Beneficiary Countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Argentina
Barbados
Barbados
Belize
Belize
Bolivia
Bolivia
Brazil
Brazil
Canada
Canada
Chile
Chile
Colombia
Colombia
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Dominica
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Ecuador
El Salvador
El Salvador
Grenada
Grenada
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guyana
Guyana
Haiti
Haiti
Honduras
Honduras
Jamaica
Jamaica
Mexico
Mexico
Panama
Panama
Paraguay
Paraguay
Peru
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Suriname
The Bahamas
The Bahamas
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America
United States of America
Uruguay
Uruguay
More Publications
Publications
Cover with abstract forms in blue and orange, CICAD logo
November, 2019
Reference Framework for the Understanding of the Concept of Comprehensive and Sustainable Alternative Development (DAIS)
Team
Antonio Lomba
Unit Chief
Santiago Moreno
Program Officer
Elisabet Arribas
Program Manager