IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES, THE INTERCEMENT INSTITUTE DEVELOPS PROJECTS THAT AIM TO GENERATE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO DEVELOP ACTIONS THAT ARE IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMUNITY, SUCH AS EARLY CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, EDUCATION AND STRENGTHENING SOCIAL CAPITAL.
Another form of cooperation priority is given to develop actions that are identified by the community, such as early childhood, youth, education and strengthening social capital.
The InterCement Institute is responsible for coordinating social organizations, governments, companies, technical partners responsible for the total or partial execution of the actions of a project and operators, as well as ensuring the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of actions and projects implemented with the communities.
Three instances of participation were created for this that have proved to be effective over time: CIVICOs, CDCs and GAIVs:
The Committees for Encouraging Volunteerism and Interaction with the Community (CIVICOs) are formed by InterCement professionals, who guide the planning and monitor the on-going projects in each locality.
Each group is formed by multidisciplinary InterCement teams and as a local branch of the Institute. Participants undergo periodic training to develop and improve the skills and competences they need for social mobilization.
The Community Development Committees (CDCs) have representatives from the civil society organizations, local authorities and InterCement employees, to develop and support community empowerment projects.
Community leaders and representatives from the municipal departments of education and economic development, linked to the Institute´s priority program areas are invited to participate, as well as civil society organizations and charities.
The Ideal Volunteers Action Groups (GAIVs) are spontaneously formed by professionals from InterCement, who meet together to carry out voluntary actions in the causes they choose to support.
In addition to earmarking funds for the initial boost, the Institute offers incentives that will encourage the group to grow and increase its positive impact.