AOB’s trajectory on border and in the area of human rights has been put into value in the coordination and organization of information, training and exchange activities on one of America’s most transitioned borders. In the combined context of migration and rights of the lgbti community, aob has assisted entities such as the Association of European border regions or the north border College.
The Director General of External Action of the Regional Government of Extremadura and the Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions, Martín Guillermo, opened the seminar Inclusive Security in Jerusalem, which took place in this city of the Middle East and was organised with the technical assistance of AoB . The main objective of this event was to strengthen the role of Israeli and Palestinian women in the achievement of pace on that territory and to promote their cooperation in a post-conflict context, according to the United Nations resolution which advocates for gender perspective in peace processes.
This initiative has been promoted by the Extremaduran Agency for International Cooperation and Development and the Association of European Border Regions. In its organization also participated the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the International Peace and Cooperation Center, from Palestine.
Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Spain are the first countries becoming members of the Paraná Exporta + network. The project aims to stimulate exports being small and medium enterprises the main beneficiaries. AoB will support this initiative opening different European markets to Brazilians products.
AoB participated as speaker in the seminar “eGovernment at Regional and local level: Have your say and shape our Public Administrations of the future”. The event was organised by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commision and was held in September in Brussels. On behalf of one of its partners, AoB presented several transnational initiatives and identified challenges to be faced by the EU eGovernment Action Plan.
AoB provides technical assistance to Latin American non-profit organisations and European NGOs working in Latin America. After some months drafting proposals to be presented to international donors, we get some good news from Ecuador and Nicaragua. Our projects will get or are closer to get EU funding to be used to foster innovation in rural areas!
The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) co-organised in June, together with the Andine Community and supported by AoB, two seminars that have brought together subnational authorities from Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. The first meeting took place in La Paz on the 22nd and 23rd June, under the workshop format and geared towards learning and reflecting on models of cross-border cooperation between local authorities and the civil society in the Peru-Bolivia border.
The second seminar was held on the 28th and 29th June in Tulcán, Ecuador. The meeting, entitled “Decentralisation and innovation: Public policies for smart specialisation in the Ecuador-Colombia border integration zone”, gathered experts from the Andine Community, the Technical Secretariat for International Cooperation of Ecuador, the Prefecture of Carchi (Ecuador) and the Association of European Border Regions. Also, this last event was completed with different activities such as training sessions for local authorities given by the Association, a forum for the transfer of knowledge between Spanish authorities and the Prefecture of Carchi and a few meetings with local and provincial authorities.
Ten representatives of Palestinian and Israeli organisations carried out a study visit to Sarajevo and Basel in April 2016. They could know experiences of conflict-resolution and cross-border cooperation promoted by European public authorities. AoB participated in the organisation of several activities included in the programme. AoB, through AEBR, supports the International Peace and Cooperation Centre and the Shasha Center for Strategic Studies in promoting collaboration between both communities.
AoB has been supporting Peruvian public institutions and civil society organisations to strengthen national value chains. Technical assistance has been provided in order to increase the production of palta hass, quinua and other crops. Innovation and research have also been promoted.
Picture – Souce: European Commission.