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Comunicación Esquel

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La primera reunión de la Mesa Especializada de Empleo se realizó ayer en Fundación Esquel. Este espacio de diálogo juntó a una diversidad de actores, representantes de la Academia, empresarios, trabajadores y gremios.
Este grupo de trabajo será parte de la gran Mesa de Convergencia, una iniciativa que busca construir colectivamente un conjunto de propuestas de políticas públicas sobre ejes estratégicos que el país exige actualmente. De ahí que varios colectivos ciudadanos y organizaciones de la sociedad civil, entre ellos Fundación Esquel, decidieron unir esfuerzos para definir estas propuestas en un solo documento al que se lo ha llamado Agenda Ciudadana para el Ecuador del futuro, que mire críticamente como superar la crisis y prepararnos para el futuro con mayor confianza y solidaridad. La Agenda Ciudadana será entregada a los candidatos presidenciales de las elecciones del 2017.
Este proceso es un espacio ciudadano que nace como una oportunidad para que la sociedad civil retome vocerías, liderazgos, opine y proponga soluciones.
En esta primera reunión la Mesa Especializada Empleo y Dignidad recibió diversidad de propuestas, orientadas a mejorar la realidad laboral que vive el país. Así mismo se conformaron tres grupos de trabajo: Mercado laboral, coordinado por Alfonso Abdo (CONQUITO); Estructura productiva, coordinado por Mariana Naranjo (Universidad Católica); y el grupo de normativa laboral, coordinado por Pablo Zambrano (Cámara de Industrias y Producción).
También se desarrollarán otras mesas que responderán a las necesidades y problemáticas identificadas por la ciudadanía, entre ellas, Seguridad Social, Género, Educación y Salud, espacios que están en proceso de conformación. El objetivo es que la Agenda Ciudadana sea una iniciativa nacional, por lo que la Mesas Especializadas se desarrollarán en Quito, Guayaquil y Cuenca.
Todas las propuestas generadas serán socializadas en Foros Ampliados a nivel nacional, para que la ciudadanía alimente y legitime este ejercicio de participación ciudadana, y la Agenda sea el resultado de un gran consenso nacional.
Esta es una gran oportunidad para que los actores de la sociedad civil realicen propuestas para los candidatos, propongan enfoques y sugerencias desde la diversidad de sus espacios de acción.

 

LOS ACTORES
Wilson Araque, Director del Área de Gestión (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar)
“La conformación de esta mesa es una buena iniciativa, es una buena práctica que debe replicarse en otras ciudades del país y por eso felicitamos a Esquel. El contexto es oportuno, pues surgen preocupaciones por la coyuntura, pero estas iniciativas deben ser permanentes, y deben promoverse también cuando las cosas avanzan y no hay crisis. Es en esos momentos es cuando hay que desarrollar capacidades. La diversidad de actores le da relevancia a este ejercicio de participación ciudadana, pues esto permite conocer puntos diversos y generar propuestas diversas”.

 

Pablo Zambrano (Cámara de Industrias y Producción)
“Es una herramienta propicia para el contexto que vivimos. El país necesita diálogo y cohesión, aplaudimos y apoyamos esta iniciativa. La Cámara participará en esta Mesa con datos, experiencia y propuestas. El país necesita diálogo en estos momentos de desunión y confrontación”.

 

Edwin Bedoya, (Vicepresidente CEDOCUT)
“Coyunturalmente es oportuno generar estos espacios de diálogo, además debe ser un proceso sostenible y proponer soluciones para el contexto. Hay que dar respuestas rápidas, pues la realidad del país nos exige, por ejemplo, nosotros proponemos un diálogo directo con el sector empresarial para que se frenen los despidos; esto va más allá de la reforma laboral que se está discutiendo en la Asamblea. Debemos avanzar en objetivos para viabilizar un proceso unitario y a largo plazo para que sea sostenible. Por último, es importante que los medios visibilicen estas propuestas ciudadanas que van más allá de la reforma laboral, deben ser conocidas y debatidas en todos los espacios”.

The neighbor communities of the Cochasquí Archeological Park (PAC in Spanish acronym) have participated, for a second occasion, in a cultural revitalization process promoted by this project and executed in collaboration with the Cultural Direction of the Autonomous and Decentralized Government of Pichincha.
This project envisages strengthening social actors through the support of cultural and artistic entrepreneurship projects and facilitating better communication channels between these actors and the corresponding local governments in the framework of the Archeological Park Cochasquí scheme.
It constitutes the continuation of a process starting in 2014 and in this second phase considers components such as: participation, culture, tourism, dialogue and consensus, and collective action. The intervention zone for this project integrates the populations of Malchinguí, Toachi, and Cochasquí. One of the core objectives has been the support of entrepreneurial projects embracing the cultural assets of the intervention zone in order for them to become important drivers for the sector’s economic dynamic. Hence, the entrepreneurial projects in this phase focus on the recuperation of the gastronomic patrimony of the communities of Malchinguí, Toachi, and Cochasquí (one hour away from Quito). 
The elaboration of the Cochasquí Park’s Cultural Agenda for a six-month period has been one of the main achievements, providing entertainment activities for adults and children. This is a product of a collaborative effort of different cultural actors (groups and individuals) committed to the diffusion and revitalization of their cultural expressions.

In April 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture, Fish Farming (MAGAP in Spanish acronym) granted Esquel the implementation of the consultancy for the provision of technical support to twenty pieces of land transferred by the Land Access Unified Project aiming at improving the efficiency and efficacy levels in their productive and socio-organizational management.
In the framework of this process, Esquel works in coordination with 24 organizations in charge of land management, comprising 21 associations, 2 cooperatives, and 1 corporation. These pieces of land are located in 8 provinces of Ecuador: 10 in 3 Highland provinces, 9 in 4 Coast provinces, and 1 in the Amazon Region.
This intervention focuses on five scopes of action: legal, socio-organizational, agro-productive, commercial, and financial.
The successful implementation of productive and business plans for the twenty pieces of land so far has managed to increase the crop area and the commercialization of products.

This is the second phase of this initiative endeavoring to implement a conflict prevention process identifying and establishing community-liaison mechanisms that mitigates potential risks of conflict in La Tola Grande Neighborhood with regards to Ferrero’s factory presence. This project is framed on Esquel’s Community Liaison line of action: a crosscutting component in all initiatives and projects. It has considered the implementation of a sustained dialogue-consensus process between Ferrero Ecuador S.A. and the population of La Tola Grande neighborhood, a community located 23 km from Quito, attempting to define and implement a comprehensive Community Liaison Plan. 

Thus far, the local community has actively participated in and validated this process. Hence, this Plan stands for the joint effort and commitment of both groups of actors, considering specific responsibilities and deadlines for each of them.

Miércoles, 09 Marzo 2016 11:49

Cities free of gender-based violence project

This project has been financed by the United States Embassy and has an execution period of one year from October 2015 to September 2017. It targets the provinces of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas and Manabí to combat gender-based violence in public spaces, transforming them into safer spaces for women, girls, and general users.
It proposes as main components: a capacity-building process on advocacy, networking, and citizen participation mechanisms targeting civil society organizations working on women’s rights; a technical assistance process on gender policy-making addressed to Portoviejo and Santo Domingo Autonomous and Decentralized Governments to
transform public spaces into safer places for women and girls; and a strong awareness-raising component on gender-based violence addressing the public.
The project’s work plan considers a battery of actions such as: training workshops, advocacy and dialogue-opening meetings, experience exchange meetings, tailored technical assistance provision, and awareness-raising and educational campaign broadcasting.
Regarding the capacity-building component, it aims at strengthening a civil society organizations network working on women’s rights in their capacities to promote participation and dialogue among actors such as: transport unions, police, academia, media, local governments, and others as required.
On the other hand, the awareness-raising component seeks to tackle the gender-based violence problematic through the display of a non-traditional communication strategy to reach the public, using radio programs, social networks campaigns, cultural performances, and informational brigades in close collaboration with academic institutions.

Miércoles, 09 Marzo 2016 11:45

Time banks

This project aims to reduce and solve the limited social participation and lack of community cohesion in the Metropolitan District of Quito, by creating a space for community building and activism called Time Bank that will promote an exchange of skills and knowledge among local communities. Time Banks will provide a cooperative space to encourage and promote the use of open dialogue and sharing of skills among the citizens of Quito.
In Ecuador, the city of Quito suffers from a city wide issue in the form of both limited social participation and a serious lack of community cohesion, within and between neighborhoods and political institutions at the local level. There has been an identified weakness in participation, organization and trust among the population of the Metropolitan District of Quito (DMQ). The project will set up a Time Bank community building mechanism for exchange, participation and organization of citizens, which will help tackle these weaknesses and build the capacities of communities.
The project aims at creating a space called “Time Bank” (TB) where civil society in Quito can articulate and integrate demands and offers that can be addressed by using the free time available by those participating in the initiative. The increased dialogue between citizens and local partners will contribute to community building in DMQ, and simultaneously promote voluntary action as a tool for greater solidarity.
The expected results of the project are that Time Banks will become an important tool for citizen participation and organization, while empowering its members and increasing public confidence; and to identify the different types of needs, and formulate strategies on how to improve the quality of life of people, especially women,
youth, and members of the community who are vulnerable and marginalized.
This project has been financed by The United Nations Democracy Fund – UNDEF and has an execution period of two years from March 2016 to March 2018.

This program started on November 2014 with the objective of strengthening the technical and financial capacities of CSOs, under the premise that there is a direct correlation between their organizational development levels and their potency to be influential actors in public and social affairs.
Esquel joined the program executed in partnership with Counterpart International, a U.S. based NGO, to facilitate processes related to the capacity-strengthening component and contribute to the Ecuadorian civil society in the building of a more democratic, responsible, and solidary community.
Currently, Esquel works with 12 civil society organizations in Quito and Guayaquil, providing technical assistance in the formulation of tailored organizational development, sustainability, and advocacy plans; building capacities; facilitating experience exchanges; and promoting the diffusion of lessons learnt, tools, methodologies and other pertinent instruments for CSOs’ work.
In the framework of this program, the Esquel’s Collective Intelligence Latin-American Center has been created (CLIC in Spanish acronym) as an initiative to technically support CSOs, communities, groups, and individuals. Esquel CLIC offers CSOs, tools tailored to their particular organizational needs, and develops capacity building and strengthening processes through videoconferences, e-learning and presential courses, and other technical assistance.
This virtual capacity-building/strengthening tool is available at: www.esquelclic.org 

Miércoles, 09 Marzo 2016 11:03

Civil Society assistance program

Esquel has been working on the process "To expand the voices and new constituency of civil society organizations for a democratic and sustainable nation" since 2014, in partnership with Partners for Democratic Change—an international organization that is present in various countries worldwide. Esquel provides support to five organizations in Quito and in Guayaquil in order to improve their ability to influence the promotion of rights, based on technical skills such as communications, negotiation, planning, and project implementation, among other.

This project has an execution period of two years from February 2015  to September 2016.

Lunes, 07 Marzo 2016 11:42

Who we are

Fundación Esquel is a non-profit private organization established 25 years ago, and legally recognized by the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion.
It was created with the purpose in mind of becoming a useful tool for people; in order for them to discover and develop their competences and improve their living standards, those of their family and their community.
Esquel promotes, encourages and creates new ways to participate, to favor good governance, dialogue and the search for agreements.
It is apolitical, non-religious and pursues no business-oriented linkages. Due to its performance, transparency and vast knowledge of the local context, it has been singled out to be accorded the trust of numerous international cooperation organizations and various governments of America and Europe.

Lunes, 07 Marzo 2016 11:16

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