CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC


CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC


CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC




Methods of implementation and reasons for the proposed methodology 

EU/LAC city partnerships at high-level and technical-level, to draw attention to the need to provide drug treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare programs to local populations.  The inter-regional forum of mayors, which will have a high profile, the inter-city exchanges of policy-makers and technical staff, the joint production of materials on best practices, and the rapid assessments of the current state of drug treatment and rehabilitation, are all designed both to focus the attention of policy-makers and the public on the issues at stake and to improve the quality of care for drug addicts.  

Responsibilities of participating cities

This project belongs to the participating cities, and we encourage cities to take maximum advantage of it so as to improve drug treatment and rehabilitation for their citizens, in ways that they think best. The participating cities, will set the agenda. Nonetheless, there are a few ground-rules. Each participating city shall:

  • Identify a potential partner city on the other continent with which the city would wish to work in partnership, and reasons for such a partnership (we recommend drawing on any personal or professional contacts the city may already have, and making extensive use of the Internet). 
  • Develop clearly-stated goals and desired outcomes of the project in general, and from the exchange visits in particular.  These goals and desired outcomes should be written in some detail and forwarded to CICAD at the earliest opportunity.  This document will become the basis for the city’s partnership with its twin city.
  • If needed, bring together a local technical team to organize a local needs assessment, identify the geographical area(s) where the Project will be conducted, recommend to CICAD which institutions should be involved, and organize exchanges with partner cities.  Each city will designate one city official as the liaison with CICAD on this project, and advise CICAD in this regard as soon as possible.
  • Arrange media opportunities (TV, radio and newspaper interviews) for visiting officials from the partner city, to enable the visiting Mayor and others to explain the drug situation in his/her city.
  • Make logistical arrangements in the host city for visiting officials from the twin city (for example: hotel reservations; local transportation within the city; a visit to a local drug treatment program; perhaps a dinner, if city funds and regulations allow; security arrangements, if necessary, and certainly, sending information about the city in advance to the twin-city counterpart).
  • Follow-up directly with visitors from the twin city to plan future cooperation.
  • For Latin American and Caribbean cities only: appoint a city official who will direct the local effort to develop a directory of city drug treatment programs. Participating cities will commit to publishing their directories, either on the Web, or in local newspapers, or through the distribution of flyers.
  • All communications regarding this project shall bear the logos of the European Union and of CICAD (which CICAD will provide); additional logos (each city’s logo, shield or other graphic device) are, of course, desirable, so that each city can put its own stamp on the project.
  • Each city’s activities in the project have to be very carefully documented, and most particularly, the city’s expenditures, including, if pertinent, funds provided by the European Commission through CICAD.
  • To the largest extent possible, each participating city will conduct its own evaluation, with its own funds, and following CICAD guidelines.
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 2/28/2011 4:12:01 PM