The City Council of Asunción unanimously approved an ordinance requiring elected officials to present a government management plan (Plan de Metas) with objective performance goals. This makes Asunción the first city in Paraguay to pass this type of legislation, and it is even more relevant considering the large percentage of the Paraguayan population that resides in the Asunción metropolitan area.
The Red Ciudadana Asunción Sustentable citizen network advocated for the ordinance, which requires that the multiannual government management plan include goals, strategic actions, and measurable indicators and objectives. The law also requires that the municipal government annually inform citizens of progress toward these goals.
This initiative signifies a shift in political practice among local elected officials with respect to planning and accountability, with a new emphasis on transparency, effectiveness of government institutions, citizen participation, and public debate surrounding relevant urban issues.
Fundación Avina supported the formation and organizational capacity of Red Ciudadana Asunción Sustentable, as well as Red Paraguaya de Ciudades Sustentables (the Paraguayan national network of Sustainable Cities), contributing financial support, connection with the Latin American Network for Sustainable Cities, and assistance with public relations.