CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening

Improving Drug Treatment Public Policies and Inter-Agency Cooperation


General objectives of the EU-LAC initiative:

To facilitate the development of public policies in drug demand matters, including the incorporation of treatment, rehabilitation and reinsertion programs into the local health care systems.

As appropriate, to help improve the policy-making capacity of partner cities to support the provision of drug treatment by creating a learning partnership among programs in different cities.

To build an exchange partnership among cities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union that will mutually reinforce the knowledge, skills and experience they need to better serve their problematic drug users, attaching particular attention to social exclusion problems, the social and health consequences of drug use, and the safeguarding of human rights.


To allow cities to study and compare different models of inter-agency cooperation among the various institutional and community actors involved in drug treatment policies and practices.

To sensitize family court prosecutors and judges to drug treatment and rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration for petty drug offenders.

Objectives of the collaborative actions

  • To generate a cooperation framework in which cities can share practices and experiences in public policy models
  • To support the establishment of machinery for dialogue among local, regional, and national actors
  • To promote new institutional commitments aimed at achieving comprehensive policies in the area of drug treatment
  • To develop institutional strategic plans aimed at facilitating cooperation among all agencies and actors involved in drug treatment
EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships is an initiative funded by the European Commission, and coordinated by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of the American States (OAS). The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the position of the EU or the OAS.

updated on 8/19/2014 4:36:18 PM