Program seeks to strengthen Rights Councils with training and technical advice to improve the management of encouraged resources
The Strengthening of Rights Councils Program, an initiative of the Vale Foundation that encourages the best use of Vale’s encouraged resources for Child and Adolescent Funds and Elderly Funds, organized a series of virtual training and technical advice for 115 municipalities in Espírito Santo, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará and Rio de Janeiro this year.
The general objective of the program is to contribute to the strengthening of the management and performance of the Rights Councils in public policies. Among the topics covered are the processes of regularization, planning, use of Fund resources, transfers to Civil Society Organizations, monitoring the execution of resources, transparency and accountability.
The first stage of the initiative, called the Knowledge Trail, included the training of counselors and people involved in the council process. This phase had 9 classes, with a workload of 18 hours, covering more than 540 participants. In these classes, the project team guided the participants on the legal and administrative structuring of the Councils and Rights Funds and provided data and information for the planning and control of public policies for children, adolescents and the elderly in the municipalities.
The second cycle consists of technical advice to 10 municipalities (20 councils of rights) selected from those that participated in the Knowledge Trail. At this stage, the boards have their processes and documents analyzed together with the consultancy hired by the Vale Foundation, and support for necessary adjustments, based on current legislation, according to the reality and priorities of each Board advised.This year, the selected municipalities were Água Azul do Norte and São Félix do Xingu (Pará), Cidelândia (Maranhão), São Joaquim de Bicas, Mário Campos, João Monlevade, Juatuba and Mariana (Minas Gerais), Vila Velha and Fundão (Espírito Santo).