The Youth Citizen Programme – OJU OMO – Views of Youth, was established in 2005 and aims to strengthen social networks. It operates in the Subúrbio Ferroviário district and the Itapagipe Peninsula of Salvador. This has an estimated population of 600 thousand inhabitants, the majority of whom are Afro-descendants surviving in precarious housing conditions and infrastructure – a situation marked by environmental racism and religious intolerance. Four networks are currently supported – the Popular Culture Movement of Subúrbio (Movimento de Cultura Popular do Subúrbio: MCPS), the Itapagipe Network of Protagonists in Action (Rede de Protagonistas em Ação de Itapagipe: REPROTAI), the Subúrbio Organizations Forum (Fórum de Entidades do Subúrbio: FES) and the Culture College of the Commission for the Coordination and Mobilization of Residents of the Itapagipe Peninsula (Colegiado de Cultura da Comissão de Articulação e Mobilização dos Moradores da Península de Itapagipe: CAMMPI), benefiting approximately 50 groups and 500 young people working in arts education.
The programme is focused on training, including exchange, support for projects that strengthen the groups and networking, aimed at the assertion of identity and public policies.
Two large-scale activities are currently in progress: the production of a Social Map, in which the groups identify the potentialities and conflicts in the territory through map legends; and a ‘training the trainers’ course in the field of Health, Reproductive Rights and Sexuality for Young People, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and involving other groups, including a youth collective from the Island of Maré, close to Salvador.
The Strategic Support Programme (Programa de Apoio Estratégico: PAE)
CESE set up the PAE in 2003 in order to strengthen the intervention capacity of networks in the formulation, execution and oversight of public policies; contributing to social organizations’ networking processes; and stimulating the production and dissemination of socially useful knowledge through the systematization of experiences.
The programme has had two grant rounds, which have supported 17 networks and coalitions, and two overarching areas of action: the Institutional Development of Networks, and Public Policies. To develop this programme, CESE constructed a system of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization (PMES), taking into consideration the specific nature of the networks.