Corporación Conciudadanía / Alcaldía Municipal de Titiribí
March - November 2022
Titiribí, located in the Southwest of Antioquia, Colombia, comprises four townships and sixteen veredas (subdivisional administrative part of a municipality in Colombia). Despite a poverty level of 23.78% and an Unsatisfied Basic Needs index of 11%, its history has been marked by drastic changes stemming from the massive acquisition of land by individuals linked to drug trafficking and money laundering, and the presence of paramilitary groups.
Despite its traditional and exclusive political context, the population has shown a fervent desire for participation and organisation, as evidenced by the multitude of groups and collectives existing in the municipality, seeking to improve their living conditions and strengthen democracy and peace.
"Weaving Citizenship: Training and social accompaniment for democracy, participation and reconciliation in the municipality of Titiribí" emerged as an alliance between the municipality of Titiribí and Corporación Conciudadanía, with the aim of strengthening citizen participation and local democracy.
Through the implementation of a Citizen Training School, the project sought to train leaders of all ages and genders in topics related to citizen participation, democracy, environmental management, memory, and peace, to foster a qualified dialogue with decision-makers at the local level and the effective use of mechanisms for citizen participation and social control.
Through a didactic and participatory approach, environmental organisations were strengthened, women and youth were empowered, and reconciliation was promoted in the communities, demonstrating significant progress in the quality of citizen participation and the strengthening of local democracy in Titiribí.