Géraud

Géraud de Ville

The Open University, Department of Engineering and Innovation
London, UK

Institutional Strengthening Programme

Field Report n°4

March 7, 2012

This is a personal account from COBRA project member Vasco Van Roosmalen (ECAM).

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Macapa, Brazil, March 2012 – On March 5th and 6th, I was in Macapa for meetings with CSO COBRA partner APITIKATXI (The indigenous association representing the Tiriyo, Kaxuyana and Txikiana peoples of the Tumucumaque Indigenous Territory). We discussed on-going activities in the villages as well as a program for institutional strengthening for APITIKATXI. The program was presented together with the Institutio de Pesquisa e Formacao Indigena – IEPE, a Brazilian NGO with offices in Macapa and Sao Paulo and a long history of working with the indigenous peoples in Amapa and northern Para.

The objective of the institutional strengthening program is to allow APITIKATXI to bring in additional expertise as well as provide them with training on institution building, strategic planning and project management. This program will be led and coordinated by IEPE with support of ECAM. APITIKATXI is a key partner in the development of programs with the communities in the Tumucumaque region and has had a very successful curriculum of projects. In 2011 elections were held and a new groups of directors was chosen to run the organization. It has been the objective of ECAM, IEPE and programs like COBRA to ensure that the new institutional leadership has the skills and tools to continue to implement the activities and programs for the benefit of the communities and to interact both with the government and other institutional partners.

Among the projects its supports and runs, APITIKATXI is host to and coordinates a “digital station” funded by the Banco do Brasil where it maintains 20 computers with internet access for community members who are staying in Macapa. This program is part of an initiative to guarantee access to the internet and has been successfully implemented throughout the Amazon.

At the meetings which took place at APITIKATXI office, a new APITIKATXI coordinator for COBRA was selected based on interviews and analysis of CVs. the new coordinator will start work in mid-march and will accompany all activities. He should be joining the COBRA blog soon!

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