Sobral de Futuro Initiative and stimulating sustainable regional development

Sobral de Futuro Initiative and stimulating sustainable regional development

Sobral de Futuro is a technical cooperation initiative by organizations, entities and companies interested in the sustainable development of Sobral. The project was designed by the Votorantim Institute and the Arapyaú Institute, and had resources from the BNDES Public Management Modernization program.

The proposal was to empower society to plan, monitor and control local development, which was already greatly affected by the rapid and intense disorderly growth that occurred in the last decade in the municipality.

The Plan’s strategies were incorporated into the municipality’s Pluriannual Budgetary Plan and regional development initiatives.

For its execution, an unprecedented methodology of social empowerment, called the Appropriative Process, was implemented. Thus, it was possible to guarantee the direct participation of more than 300 local leaders and, through digital tools, listening to more than two thousand residents in the construction of the Plan, designed in dozens of workshops with different social groups.

Sobral de Futuro was consolidated in a seminar supported by renowned specialists from different areas and prioritized objectives, strategies, goals and actions in the urban, socioeconomic and environmental dimensions of the municipality. Through it, it was possible to indicate levels of complexity and execution deadlines.

Applied resources

  • Communication, monitoring and follow-up of stakeholders
  • Socio-environmental investment plan
  • Studies and diagnostics
  • Sectorial plans / Land use plans
  • Cartographic surveys and use of Georeferenced Information System - GIS
  • Participatory local management
  • Relationship with communities
Technical sheet

Business Sector: Agribusiness

Location: Ceará

Period: 2016 – 2017

Client: Instituto Votorantim and Instituto Arapyaú

Scope: Municipality of Sobral / CE

Goal: Advise society to build a future vision plan to guide the development of Sobral over the next 30 years.

Results: Creation of a Plan Management Group, with more than 40 representatives of the organized society, committed to carrying out and monitoring the Sobral de Futuro Plan. More than 70% of the proposed strategies were included in the municipality's Pluriannual Plan. Other strategies were to become bills and others to be taken on as part of regional development initiatives.

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Words by who took part

The people of Sobral have a relationship of engagement and pride with the city, so they were willing to get involved in the development and be part of the process of designing the project to help leverage empowerment and social responsibility.
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