Now more than ever, the possibility of reconciling business interests and respect for human rights has become urgent. A company is an essential element for development, because it generates jobs, income and knowledge. But a strong interdependence between business and society is needed to create a shared value. Based on this particular view, AVSI has developed in Ecuador an Educational Project and Social Reintegration for Person Deprived of Liberty (PDL).
Funded by Cisco Networking Academy, managed by AVSI Ecuador and developed by the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Services in collaboration with ESPE University, the program is designed to generate work opportunities related to technology from within the Ecuadorian prison system. As part of the project, on September 7, 2017, AVSI and its partners inaugurated a video conference center inside the Social Rehabilitation Center (SRC) Regional Cotopaxi, where prisoners will be able to talk with their family members, lawyers and learn IT skills.
“To see this project implemented brings me great joy, because it’s a model for the prison system at a national level,“ celebrated Teresa Coba, Sub-secretary of Social Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Precautionary Measures for Adults during the video conference center inauguration. “In addition to offering various services, the center will help strengthen family’s ties, it’s a pioneer project. It shows that we are working well.”
While the international community is at work to develop a Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, the international debate is getting more and more polarized between those who are open to welcome migrants and refugees and the ones who are afraid of new influxes and demand reinforced security measures.
Within this context, with the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, AVSI Foundation sponsored a side-event to share ideas and experiences, and to highlight best practices of partnership among different entities from civil society, the private sector, the government systems at the local and national level.
Invited by AVSI, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano with his colleagues from Tunisia, Uganda, Sudan, Niger and Kenya gathered around a table in New York to talk about best practices on development cooperation and the need for security alongside representatives of the private sector and civil society. The event took place on the occasion of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the UN Headquarters, in New York.
Sahnaya is a city located southwest of Damascus, Syria, in the rural area outside the capital. Before the war, about 100,000 people lived in the city, but in 2011 this number almost tripled, due to the large inflow of displaced persons arriving from nearby areas. Today, more than 365,000 people live in Sahnaya. The local infrastructure is no longer enough to accommodate the needs of the growing population: the health system is inadequate, there are not enough decent accommodations, and there is a lack of water wells.
“Most of the displaced are elderly people, women and children, because the men have either died, are still at the front, or they fled the country to avoid having to join the Army” explains Edoardo Tagliani, Director of AVSI’s programs in the Middle East.
For those who stayed in Damascus the most important resource is water yet, it is not available to everyone. To address this need, AVSI launched in June a project funded by the Italian Cooperation that includes the installation of tanks and pumps in local apartments, and a series of activities to raise awareness on the importance of not wasting water.
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