Since 1999, ES-CICAD has been supporting countries in the development of subnational/local drug plans and policies based on, and in conjunction with, national policies and strategies.

Various projects have been developed and executed within this framework, one in particular being the project “Health and Life in the Americas” (SAVIA), which have supported the development of inter-institutional structures of work at the different levels of the State, as well as the development of local drug policies and plans that aim to address the problem.

The formulation and implementation of local drug policies allow the focus to be placed on drug interventions that are based on the specific needs of local communities. This provides local administrations and stakeholders with the necessary support and context for the implementation of drug policies, and contributes to the direct knowledge and sensitivity required for the formulation of effective solutions to the problems identified.

Subnational/local management of drug policies plays a key role in addressing the drug problem due to various factors, including:

Insight into the extent of implementation of national drug strategies and policies.

Close proximity to the problem, with firsthand evidence and insight into the variability of trends, which in turn can contribute to early warnings regarding the evolution of the problem.

Ability to assess local environments when designing, planning, and executing actions, measures, and responses to the drug phenomenon.

Proximity to basic social and health service providers relating to prevention and treatment of drug-related issues.

Valuable input that communities and civil organizations contribute to responses executed, through awareness raising and available support networks.

Recognition of the multidimensional and comprehensive nature of the problem (through direct interaction with local agents and actors), as well as how local management can lay the foundations for intersectoral coordination in local context.

Visit the SAVIA Website (only available in Spanish).

Objectives
  • Strengthen inter-institutional structures that work on drugs at the different levels of the State, as well as diagnostic processes, and regional and municipal planning in the area of drug demand reduction.
  • Strengthen the skills of local professionals and actors in reducing the demand for drugs at the local level.
  • Development and implementation of specific tools and actions at the local and municipal levels to reduce drug use.
  • Development of public policies on social inclusion, with a special focus on socio-labor integration.
Activities
  • Provision of technical assistance in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of both national and subnational/local drug policies and plans.
  • Provision of technical assistance in national and subnational planning and diagnosis of drug policies and plans at the various levels of the State.
  • Development of mechanisms for effective coordination and collaboration between national and sub-national entities in the formulation, implementation, evaluation, and updating of policies, strategies, and plans on drugs, while taking into account socio-cultural and demographic differences and other factors specific to each region.
  • Generation of institutional capacity through the development and implementation of a training curricula and activities aimed at professionals, national drug authorities, and other key actors in this area.
  • Development of guidelines, manuals, and technical tools to support the design and implementation of drug policies, strategies, and plans that include a focus on gender, human rights, public health, and social inclusion.
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Results
Increased local policies and plans on drugs in member states.
Strengthened coordination among national drug agencies, local governments, and other key actors in interventions against the drug problem.
Increased access to information and data that inform decision making on the drug problem in member states, by undertaking local diagnostics.
Improved knowledge and skills for local professionals on how to formulate, implement, and evaluate drug policies and plans at subnational/local level
Improved access to tools: guides, manuals, to support work of local governments of member states in develop their subnational/local policies.
Beneficiary Countries
Argentina
Argentina
Bolivia
Bolivia
Chile
Chile
Colombia
Colombia
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Ecuador
El Salvador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Guatemala
Honduras
Honduras
Peru
Peru
Uruguay
Uruguay
Team
Antonio Lomba
Unit Chief
Elisabet Arribas
Project Manager
Luisa Neira
Financial Officer
Strategic Partners
Resources
Development of Local Drug Policies (SAVIA: Salud y Vida en las Américas)