DINCS Management Units
FMSD has 2 main areas of endeavor: 1) the implementation of the DINCS model in Barranquilla and Cartagena, and a special intervention in the Barú islands; and 2) the implementation of special projects such as partnerships and grants/donations. The first area covers the implementation of the 3 elements of the DINCS model: housing development, social and community coaching and social infrastructure provision. The second involves the establishment of partnerships to deliver critical and catalytic initiatives, and the monitoring of grants and donations in strategic areas such as early childhood development, climate change, the promotion of the arts, and the provision of microfinance.
The implementation of the DINCS model takes place in 4 stages: during the first stage land for houses building is identified, including special areas for social infrastructure, parks etc. During this stage, urban development (building of basic infrastructure such as roads, utilities connection systems, etc.) is carried out. In the second stage, house building kicks in ensuring that all houses are properly connected to utilities and other infrastructure. In the third stage, building of social infrastructure takes place, as well as the establishment of participatory mechanisms. The fourth stage aims to ensure that the project is sustainable by ensuring that the community is cohesive, its families are able to generate their own income, either by securing employment or establishing businesses and that all families and individuals know their rights, and are capable of searching for and accessing social services and aids.
FMSD has led the establishment of mechanisms for ensuring participation by the community such as establishing a de Junta de Acción Comunal for each macro project. These committees oversee the creation of a local development plan for each community which aims to serve as the road map for the community development through establishing the community´s priorities in terms of social infrastructure, development programs, etc.
The units within each local government (Barranquilla and Cartagena) which are responsible for encouraging participation, lead the community development and empowerment processes. FMSD supports local governments in facilitating this process, via logistical support, out-reach efforts, and capacity building of representatives in the areas of project design, fundraising and lobbying efforts. The DINCS Management Units in each Macroproject work to strengthen project proposals, with the assistance of FMSD’s Special Projects Unit. These units work to ensure project concept notes are robust and help communities to submit proposals to the Interinstitutional Relations Unit (to gain its support in fundraising strategies) and proposals that the community consider should be funded by the FMSD social fund. This Fund receives its funding from the channeling of the profits from urban and housing development carried out by the FMSD.
In each macro-project, there are 3 key committees within the community: a committee in charge of community development, a supply and demand committee, and a committee for knowledge management. The community development committee is responsible for: reaching out to families (e.g. keeping them informed, letting them know about events), and supporting local governments in the establishment and implementation of participatory mechanisms. The economic development team is in charge of the development of projects to benefit the community and leads fundraising efforts to finance them; and the knowledge management committee oversees data collection processes and the documentation of the implementation of the DINCS model in the macro-project.
The DINCS management units work very closely with the unit responsible for the construction of the houses and urban development, entitled Sueños y Oportunidades. This coordination focuses on client relations particularly, those related to the maintenance of the houses and the guarantee covering any imperfections in the houses.