Improving local governance and management in Cuba – a new project is launched

Cuba has been undergoing economic and social reform processes for the past decade, and a new constitution was approved through a referendum in February 2019. Amongst other reforms the constitution aims at horizontal power-sharing at all levels and the recognition of municipal and provincial governments as important actors of change in development.

The project Support to Efficient and Sustainable Municipal Management and Development is designed to bridge the capacity needs identified in this changing context. It is carried out in co-operation with the Centre for Local and Community Development (CEDEL) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in Cuba (CITMA) and SALAR through SKL International. The project will be implemented in two provinces close to the capital Havana; Artemisa and Mayabeque, with 11 municipalities each.

Swedish experts specialised in decentralised management and local governance will work with Cuban counterparts from provincial and local governments as well as universities to jointly implement a training programme that will promote sustainable local development with a participatory approach.

Thematic focus of the trainings will include participatory planning processes, performance measurement including use of statistics and indicators, service delivery as well as cross-cutting themes including environmental protection and resilience as well as gender equality.  Government officials will receive training in two new capacity building centres that will be put in use in each province. The implementation period is ongoing until March 2022.