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FLECHJAUNE.GIF (852 bytes) Who We Are

FLECHJAUNE.GIF (852 bytes) Our Mission

FLECHJAUNE.GIF (852 bytes) Our Instruments

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Who We Are

As part of the ongoing process of modernization of the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) was established at the beginning of 2000 to promote new and more effective forms of cooperation between its member states and to enhance partnerships with the private sector and civil society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Agency is governed by a nine-member Management Board of officials selected from among the member states, as well as an administrative arm—the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development—which together manage all of the OAS’ technical cooperation and training activities.

Our Mission

The IACD’s mission is to tap the considerable capabilities of the member and observer states of the Organization of American States (OAS) and forge new private/public-sector partnerships to help the people of the Americas overcome poverty, benefit from the digital revolution and advance their economic and social development.

Our Instruments

The Agency has six instruments for expanding technical cooperation and training in the Americas:

  1. Technical Cooperation Grants
  2. A Special Multilateral Fund, composed of the annual voluntary contributions of member state governments, is the principal grant making instrument of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) for technical cooperation projects. The fund provides grant financing for both multi-country and national projects in the areas of education, science and technology, environment, social and cultural development, economic integration and employment, and the strengthening of democracy. Over the past four years, over $60 million in grant funding has been delivered to over 400 projects through the Fund.

  3. Fellowships and Training
  4. Approximately 1500 students are trained each year under the Agency's Fellowships and Training Program. The Agency is currently implementing mechanisms to increase access to training and fellowships opportunities, particularly for those living in low-income communities and remote areas, through the use of information technology. Since the program’s inception in 1950, over 80,000 undergraduate and graduate fellowships have been awarded to students, scholars and specialists of the Hemisphere.

  5. Special Funds
  6. Horizontal cooperation funds established by member and permanent observer states, private sector entities and foundations enhance the Hemisphere's ability to apply "Best Practices" in various technical areas as broadly as possible. Participating countries include the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Israel, Spain and Korea.

  7. Private Sector Arm
  8. The Trust for the Americas is an autonomous non-profit organization affiliated with the OAS and housed within the Agency. The Trust was incorporated in 1997 to serve as an avenue for the private sector to participate in OAS development programs. The organization's programs include: bridging the digital divide through the delivery of training in the effective use of information and communication technology to groups who would not normally have access and anti-corruption with a focus on training Latin American journalists to cover corruption issues.

  9. Best Practices/ Rapid Response Fund
  10. A new program to expand the delivery of technical cooperation to member states, tentatively called the Sustainable Technical Cooperation (SUSTEC), will promote new forms of inter-American cooperation by mobilizing human, technical and financial resources and by creating new partnerships with other multilateral and regional development institutions, bilateral donor agencies, the private sector, educational and research institutes, and non governmental organizations.

    A key component of the program is a facility to make successful technical cooperation programs in one country available to others throughout the hemisphere, simultaneously creating innovative new financing mechanisms to leverage available public/private resources. The facility is designed to assure member states the highest quality technical expertise at the lowest cost in the shortest delivery time. Major government, corporate and non-profit institutions have already committed to collaborating with the Agency on this program.

  11. Learning Programs

To promote the use of distance education and provide the people of the Americas—particularly those living in remote and underserved areas—with greater access to educational and training opportunities, the Agency has created the Educational Portal of the Americas, a comprehensive website that brings together the best of distance learning opportunities available in the Hemisphere. It offers direct links to distance learning programs, links to scholarship opportunities for distance learning, and links to best practices in education and training. In addition, a large number of OAS fellowships for programs of study in OAS partner institutions are being offered exclusively through the Portal. The Educational Portal is a clearinghouse of information for students, teachers, researchers and government officials who would like to access quality information regarding the Hemisphere’s best distance learning programs and scholarship opportunities from one central location.

It is expected that all of these activities will grow substantially in the next few years as the Agency develops programs in areas highlighted in the agendas of the hemispheric summits.

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