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Quartz Promotion of Local Development is an international consulting organization that advises and supports projects developed by local governments, non-profit organizations and companies.


Its objective is to provide specialized consultancy and advisory services in areas related to the social and human sciences such as management, tourism, environment, creative economy, youth, culture, social inclusion and territorial and regional development.

The organization also assists in the development of public policy planning and the execution of activities related to national and international technical cooperation, research, production and promotion of events and training.

Its approach is to cooperate and support the articulation between different actors, focusing on long-term strategic planning and design activities that appropriate the integrated management of local resources for the improvement and sustainability of a territory.

With experience in local governments, designing strategies based on participatory management models, which allows for joint actions between the government, such as non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.


Senior International Consultants:

Denise Bocorny Messias 

Augusto Mathias

Our team


Our consulting team is a consortium of professionals with expertise in several areas. We work in partnership with our clients. Our advice and solutions are shaped by each client's unique needs and business context and are designed to ensure that clients get the best results.

Our consultants support clients in several ways

• Act as a catalyst for community and organizational change

• Link groups with mutually supportive goals to allow them to work together creating networks

• Help build capacity and sustainability at the community and local government level

• Share the ownership of any work that we do

• Our work is participatory


• Presentations and workshops

• Research and analysis

• Production of educational materials and reports

• Evaluation and feasibility studies

Key Areas of Service

• Organizational development, strategic planning

• Development of alternative policies and systems

• Service planning

• Organizational development and facilitation

• Community education and advocacy

• Community service networking, government programs, legislation

• Mediation practices and teaching

• Human resource systems and procedures

• Ethics

• Management processes and techniques including board governance

• Risk management for organizations and local governments

Areas of our consulting practice:

Community Engagement

• Tools and techniques

• Partnerships with local government


• policy development and advocacy

• Air quality

• Transportation

Community Capacity Building

• Advocacy

• Strategic Thinking

• Developing access to power

• Local Ownership

Community Development

• Needs assessment

• Participatory budget

Health Promotion

• Healthy public policy

• Equity and health promotion

• Outreach

• Education

Healthy City/Healthy Communities

• Social entrepreneurship

• Social capital development

Community Engagement – tools and techniques


Mediation and Conflict Resolution


Policy development


Organizational development and support


Community Advocacy and Participation in local government


Governance and Board tools


Environmental Policy and Advocacy


Access to Funding techniques


Strategic thinking



Case Studies

Quartz has had the privilege of working with a wide range of organizations to support their efforts on local development. Below are just a few examples of some of the relationships we have built and local issues we help solve.


- Programa Plano Diretor como Mecanismo de Promoção de Equidade – CNM – National Confederation of Municipalities Brazil in partnership with CIDA – Canadian International Development Program 


UNDP – United Nations Development Program – CAPACIDADES – Projeto para o Desenvolvimento Humano Local – CNM in Partnership with UNDP – United Nations Development Program


– Projeto UNIVERCIDADES – CNM in partnership with EU – European Union




Our ability to affect change derive from years of experience, constant learning from those around us and endless curiosity about the world we live in. As a result, we have created approaches that highlight innovative ways to approach communities, organizations and local government.



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