AMICA: A Fruitful Learning Experience

LLL1The 21st and 22nd of May Documenta, European Institute for Training and Development Studies organized a study visit to AMICA headquarters and to its Training and Employment Centers Entorno and Marisma in Cantabria, as part of the experience exchange activities planned by the Local LLL Power - Grundtvig Learning Partnership.

The Grundtvig Learning Partnership focuses on the empowerment of local people through lifelong learning strategies as a method within the local employment development (LED). This subject is approached through the exchange of experience in empowerment methods by means of lifelong learning approaches. AMICA organization proved to be a great model on the empowerment of people with disabilities through lifelong learning strategies in the region of Cantabria.

AMICA study visit was hosted by Sagrario Cagigas, President of Amica, Tomás Castillo, Managing Director and Paquita Gómez, Quality and Communication Manager of the organization together with Carmen Narváez, Fidel Fernández, and Marta Tresgallo among many other professionals part of AMICA’s team. They shared AMICA’s initiative, values, training methodologies and structure with the European Grundtvig Learning Partners within the MetropolisNet EEIG: Lawaetz-Stiftung (Hamburg), CIOFS-FP (Rome and Tuscany), Documenta (Santander), ZSI(Vienna), Gemeente Emmen (Emen), gsub Projektegesellschaft (Berlin).


Discussion and Reflection on Water Management and Development Cooperation during the International Days of “Water, Development and Citizenship”

Agua2Organizations and professionals from Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Italy and Spain participated in the event.

“Water, Development and Citizenship” Days organized by Documenta on May 18th and 19th in Noja, had a great success of participation and were rated as excellent by both guests and organizations that attended to Centro de Ocio Playa Dorada, venue in which the event took place.

During the event, knowledge and outlooks were exchanged from academic, governmental and civil society fields, as well as foundations for future collaborations among participating organizations were laid.

Discussion and reflection between water sector experts and cooperation sector ones were one of the most striking points of the event. During the sessions, several projects implemented by different organizations, such as Fondo del Agua of AECID, the Cantabrian Government through CIMA, Alianza por el Agua, ECODES, Water Assessment and Advisory Global Network (WASA-GN), Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano and Documenta, were presented.


transnational meeting of GETIR project in Bulgaria

porGetirThe third transnational meeting of GETIR project –European Manager of Intelligent and Responsible Territories– took place in Sofia (Bulgaria) on the 14th and 15th May 2012.

GETIR project seeks to create a professional profile of an Intelligent and Responsible Territories Manager, responding to the demand in the local development sector in the European market. In order to achieve this, GETIR partners are working on the development of an online training tool which will have five thematic areas that a GETIR Manager must domain:
1. Local Sustainable Development.
2. Social Capital.
3. Governance, Social Participation and Empowerment.
4. Knowledge Management and Social Territorial Responsibility.
5. New Technologies.


The International Conference on "Water, Development and Citizenship" take place in Noja the next 18th and 19th

banner jornadasThis Friday and Saturday the Noja town will become an international reference for reflection and exchange of experiences at European and Latin American level on participatory water management.

The conference on Water, Development and Citizenship, organized by Documenta-European Institute for Training and Development-, are framed in a project carried out in Ecuador, funded by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI) and has also counted with the support and collaboration from the Government of Cantabria and from the Municipality of Santander at different stages.

At the conference will be an interesting debate among Water and Cooperation sector experts, and will present different projects launched by the AECID Water Fund, the Government of Cantabria through CIMA, The Alliance for Water, ECODES, Water Assessment and Advisory Global Network (WASA-GN), la Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua, La Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano and Documenta.