Institute for International
Cooperation and Development Studies

Eco-social transitions seminar in Popayán with university, social movement, and cooperative entities

Date: 2023 March 28

From 25 March through 1 April, a seminar will be held in Popayán (Cauca, Colombia) on eco-social transitions. Participants in this seminar will include twenty individuals from Selva Central (Junín, Peru), the Guarani Chaco (Bolivia), Pichincha (Ecuador), and Cauca (Colombia), as well as Hegoa (UPV/EHU), within the framework of the project for “Strengthening capacity and alliance in local SSE ecosystems to contribute to eco-social transitions in Andean region territories” (AVCD PRO2022-K2 Call).

This seminar will start with the alliance between cooperatives, social movements, and universities to address the systematisation of various eco-social transition processes in terms of the SSE in order to obtain training materials through research, conclusions, and proposals that will be published as a book in order to share the lessons learned with cooperative organisations and individuals involved with development, among other fields.

Female leaders from coffee cooperatives, ecological female farmers, beekeeper associations, distribution cooperatives, national fair trade coordinating committee, and indigenous, rural, and woman’s organisations, as well as cooperatives with individuals in FARC reincorporation processes will present, debate, and convene around their experiences. Cooperation organisations (IPDRS Bolivia) and academic entities such as the Intercultural Studies Institutue at the Javeriana University of Cali and the University of Cauca in Colombia,  the Seminar on Social, Solidary, and Popular Economy from the National University of San Marcos in Peru, and the Solidary and Social Economy Research Group from the Central University in Ecuador will also be participating.

This seminar falls within the framework of a project financed by the eLankidetza-Basque Cooperation Agency for Development, which runs Hegoa with the Human Safety, Local Human Development, and International Cooperation Research Group (UPV/EHU).