In Haiti, more than half of the population lives below the poverty line, making roughly one dollar per day, and nearly half face problems related to malnutrition. With regard to agriculture, small local producers struggle to compete with big industries. However, intensive planting has caused soil erosion, at the same time that the forest has fallen to 2% of total land area. Poverty resulting from job insecurity and lack of jobs in general has led many to relocate to the Dominican Republic.
Alternatives supported the organization of the Pan-Amazon Social Forum that took place in the city of Belém in the Brazilian Amazon in January 2003. This thematic forum, held in the sphere of the World Social Forum (WSF), allowed representatives from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and Brazil to discuss the issues surrounding the Amazon, one of the world’s largest natural resource reserves.
Providing the backdrop to this project were attempts by Cuban civil society to improve its democratic system by encouraging increased citizen participation in policymaking.
Since the revolution, the Cuban people have been actively participating in various areas of the public sector, such as health care, education and the justice system. Today, however, the people’s involvement has descended into carrying out simple tasks that have little influence on the functioning of government.
A project with the worker training school Escolas de Marcois currently in the preparation stages, with the goal of improving the training and networking of producers in worker cooperatives and consumers of the popular solidarity economy. The project should help improve the living conditions in six regions of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, where several solidarity economy programs already exist.
Drought is a natural physical phenomenon that frequently and regularly afflicts Northeast Brazil. For a long time, drought has been harming Brazil’s semi-arid regions, mainly by destroying local ecosystems, which causes significant losses in biodiversity.
The Young Communist League of Cuba, founded in 1962, is the youth organization of the Communist Party of Cuba. It is made up of about 600,000 young members aged 15 to 30 years old, some volunteer and some selected. It works with over 200 NGOs worldwide, in addition to being affiliated with the World Federation of Democratic Youth.
The Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses (IBASE) is a civil society organization founded in 1981 whose goal is to consolidate democracy and promote active citizenship in Brazil. To do this, the institute works to strengthen the associative capacity of civil society, develop public policies and produce a new culture of rights.
Colectivo de Trabajadores is a Chilean labour organization aiming to rebuild the labour movement in the country and across the continent. It suspended its political activities in 2008, but remains active through an online journal, workshops, publications and demonstrations.
The Association for the Promotion of Integral Family Healthcare (APROSIFA) is a Haitian volunteer organization that has worked for nearly fifteen years in the shantytowns on the slopes of morne l’Hôpital, a hill overlooking the city of Port-au-Prince. APROSIFA provides health services primarily to women and children, following an innovative approach based on the multidimensional nature of health problems. APROSIFA intervention efforts include strong involvement with traditional local organizations.
Association of Development Agencies (ADA) – Jamaica
The Association of Development Agencies (ADA) is a group of non-governmental development agencies working in Jamaica. ADA aims to promote sustainable development and social change, and the creation of a framework for debate, policy, advocacy and analysis of global and macro social and economic issues.