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Special Mention in the Citizenship category

Weaving Citizenship: Training and Social Accompaniment for Democracy, Participation and Reconciliation

Titiribí, Colombia

Number of the inhabitants

10.000 inahbitanmts

Promoting entity

Corporación Conciudadanía / Alcaldía Municipal de Titiribí


March - November 2022

Type of experience

School of citizen participation

Territorial scope


Thematic area

Governance Education Environment/climate change
and/or urban agriculture
Decentralisation Local development Training/capacity building Social inclusion Peace


SDG 5 SDG 10 SDG 11 SDG 15 SDG 16 SDG 17

Objective of the experience

  • Community empowerment
  • Expanding citizenship rights related to political participation
  • Connecting different tools of participation within an "ecosystem" of participatory democracy


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.