“A country in your head.” This was the slogan used by Populusaurio 2015 to attract the public to Balmaceda Park in Providencia, Santiago, on 7 November. After three years this event has become the biggest fair of its kind in Chile.

With more than 58 civil society organization stands, the scenario was ideal for publicising initiatives in this field. The stand of the United Nations Development Programme in Chile was visited by many members of different groups and the general public. The Chile Fund Against Hunger and Poverty, a joint initiative of the Chilean Government and the UNDP which has financed international cooperation projects by Chilean civil society organizations since 2012, attracted great interest among the participants.

The event was opened by Antonio Molpeceres, the United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative in Chile, accompanied by the Mayor of Providencia Josefa Errázuriz, the Director of INJUV Nicolás Preuss and the Intendente of the Metropolitan Region Claudio Orrego. In his opening address, Mr Molpeceres stressed that “many of you already know the Chile Fund, a mechanism which we run jointly with civil society to enable Chilean organizations to work in other countries and to publicise their work and share good experiences in cooperation. The funds available have increased, and there are many people here who are participating, and I invite you to enquire about future calls and to apply.”

Apart from the presence of the Chile Fund in the United Nations stand, several of the organizations associated with this joint initiative of UNDP and the Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCID) were present at the fair: Fundación Superación de la Pobreza, Misión Solidaria África, Fundación EducÁfrica and América Solidaria all had stands at Populusaurio to provide information about their Chilean and international cooperation projects.

The presence of the Chile Fund at this event follows on its participation during the last two weeks at the Santiago International Book Fair (FILSA 2015) as part of the stand of the United Nations System in Chile, and its publicity at the XXIV Congress of the Latin American Animal Production Association, as part of the delegation of the Catholic University of Chile and its Mozambique project supported by the Chile Fund.