Red de Iniciativas Comunitarias

The Network for Community Initiatives (RICO) is a network of communities and individuals in Latin America and Europe that acts as a bridge of knowledge and practices and encourages local initiatives that promote the social, cultural, environmental and material well-being of communities. Given this broad focus, we have no particular specialization.

Stage of the project

Idea

Starting Up

Implementation

Realised

The results of the project so far

1. Establishing meaningful cooperations with 5 rural communities in Colombia, marked by trust and mutual respect.
2. Carried out several pedagogies on renewable energy, as well as one on community empowerment.
3. Carried out five fundraising campaigns to aid communities in Colombia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are specific, distinctive, strong elements in this project?

Our learning processes are focused on generating spaces for reflection on one or more thematic axes from the reality of the community and its territory. Learning is not “teaching”. For us, learning is always bi-directional; we use the tools of Popular Education to facilitate reflection from co-research. To date, we have facilitated learning processes in the areas of associativity and self-management, gender equity, and energy sovereignty.

Which specific lessons, do's and don'ts would you like to share? What would be suggestions for others when preparing or implementing the project in their own city?

The Community Initiatives Network seeks to catalyze exchange between communities in Latin America and Europe, in order to promote local self-managed initiatives that foster economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being. Seeking to challenge the traditional development discourse, RICO is committed to a self-governed and non-hierarchical way of working, both within and between communities.

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