With the support of the U.S. Embassy – Managua, the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP), in partnership with the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN), continues to strengthen local capacity for governance and community leadership in Bilwi and Siuna. Since April 27, 2015, fifty community leaders have been participating in a comprehensive community development diploma program with a gender and citizen security approach.
The diploma program consists of six five-day encounters, one per month. An assessment of the communities of the participating leaders will follow, in order to develop strategies for improving citizen security and overall living conditions in their communities. Community development plans will be shared with various regional stakeholders so as to gather support for their implementation. In addition, community leaders will be encouraged to participate in different media programs, ensuring the plans are shared with a wider audience.