Social Capital Development
Promoting leadership skills
Building social capital
Our approach to developing social capital involves projects to educate local communities and enable citizen oversight and control, including training in citizen participation and political advocacy. The aim is to improve the organisational skills of local communities, ensure that local authorities govern transparently, and contribute to the responsible, sustainable use of common resources.
Our objective is to give key regional figures the necessary leadership skills to face the social, environmental and economic challenges that will accompany the cessation of mining activity.
Aimed at children and teenagers aged 9 to 17 who live near to our operations, this programme seeks to make interventions to support their mental health through sporting and cultural activities.
Improvement of living conditions
This programme combines technical and financial support for households in our host regions without connections to the water and sewage system. We developed it with support from COMFACESAR and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ revolving fund.
Building the capabilities of local institutions and communities
This programme supports the education and empowerment of community leaders, to allow them to contribute to the consolidation of peace and deal with public officials and municipal authorities. In partnership with the Cesar Development and Peace Programme.
Community recycling projects
This programme works with local communities to devise sustainable solid waste disposal solutions that combine rubbish disposal with income generation. So far we have worked with the towns of La Victoria de San Isidro and Boquerón in La Jagua de Ibirico, Cesar, and the towns of Cordobita, Costa Verde and the rural area around our railway in Ciénaga, Magdalena. As well as separating out recyclable products for resale, the projects include elements of urban agriculture and composting to bring direct benefits to vulnerable households.