Sustainable Local Development

Areas of intervention

Mozambique EcuadorMorocco GambiaSenegal El SalvadorGuinea Bissau PeruNicaragua Guatemala

Alliance for Solidarity tries to redirect some of the unsustainable models of production and consumption in industrialized countries which negatively impact the most impoverished populations of developing countries. We are working towards improving the adaptability of these populations to climate change in order to reduce their vulnerability to its effects. We are also promoting the shared governance of natural resources, reinforcing the capacities of populations, and supporting more egalitarian and participatory management models.

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Our lines of work

To contribute to global change from local initiatives, we promote alternative development models focused on the well-being of people to facilitate the achievement of basic rights through our interventions, advocacy and communication.

Right to water and sanitation

768 million people still lack access to improved water sources and more than 2.5 billion people lack access to decent sanitation (UN figures, 2013). The human right to water and sanitation, recognized by the UN in 2010, is still unreachable for a large part of the population we work with. Achieving universal access to clean water and sanitation is one of Alliance for Solidarity's top priorities:

  • Access, management and control of the supply of safe, acceptable, affordable and physically accessible drinking water.
  • Sanitation services of high quality and sufficient quantity.

In the last 15 years, thanks to numerous interventions in countries like Guatemala, Morocco and Vietnam, we have helped thousands of women and men gain access to drinking water. In Central America, where we have worked since 2012, we have given more than 28,000 men and women from Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador access to drinking water. Furthermore, to ensure that the installed systems are durable and long lasting, we support the legalization and strengthening of 73 committees of communal water so that by the end of 2014, populations will be able to manage the installed services in a participatory manner.

Right to food and the fight against hunger

  • Sustainable models of small-scale production (farming, fishing and agriculture): recovery of traditional practices, implementation of sustainable production techniques for better use of land and crops, construction of seed banks (to decrease dependence on large multinational seed companies and vulnerability to droughts)
  • Agroecological marketing with fair conditions

Land rights

  • Management plans and participatory management of land and natural resources

Right to a healthy environment

  • Adapting to climate change: crop diversification, development of structures that slow down salinization and desertification.
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Sustainable management of ecosystems

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