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SOCIAL APPROPRIATION (APS)
THREE REGIONAL EXPERIENCES
In 2011 COLCIENCIAS launched the 541 call for proposals to create a group of projects focused on the social appropriation of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in the strategic field of science, technology, and social (STS) communication. The main objective was to unite and mobilize the general public of Colombia so that they could participate in social appropriation processes while promoting communication projects that encourage reflection, are adapted to the conditions of their contexts, and aim to develop processes of dialogue, understanding, and formation of opinions about relationships, technology, innovation, and society.
ECOFONDO responded to the call with the proposal “SYSTEMATIZATION, ANALYSIS, AND PROMOTION OF SOCIAL APPROPRIATION PROCESSES OF STI WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH OF SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THREE DIFFERENT CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXTS IN COLOMBIA,” which was selected for financing.
Ecological and Cultural Corporation Penca de Sábila (Antioquia)
Community Council of the Integral Rural Association of Atrato – COCOMACIA (Chocó)
New Times Community Cultural Association (Boyacá)
Systematize, analyze, and promote the social appropriation processes of STI in order to strengthen the capacity and skills of the organizations associated with ECOFONDO in Antioquia, Chocó, and Boyacá in their participatory research initiatives in rural and Afro-Colombian communities by using communication tools.
Community leaders linked to social organizations that carry out participatory research, i.e., members of the COCOMACIA Local Community Councils, members of the Administrative Boards of Community Aqueduct Users associated with or linked to the metropolitan area of Medellín and east Antioquia, and the rural families that participated in the project “PARTICIPATORY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FOR PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN COLOMBIA.”
Experiences to be systematized.
New Times Community Cultural Association of Boyacá Experience: “Social Appropriation in Agroecology.” This experience sought to investigate the knowledge acquired during the ACDI National Program – Canada – Ecofondo’s establishment of agroecological systems in seven municipalities in Boyacá between 2008 and 2010.
COCOMACIA Experience: “Social Appropriation in the Application of Internal Regulations as a Mechanism of Territorial Government.” This experience was developed in a collective territory of black communities that covers an area of 600,000 ha. (1,482,632 acres) and includes 124 community councils. The experience associates “traditional knowledge” and “self-law” with the origin of internal regulations, which by Law 70 are aligned with ordinary law, and recognizes the competence of the community councils to legislate and control the territory.
Ecological and Cultural Corporation Penca de Sábila – UNIAGUA of Antioquia Experience: “Social Appropriation in the Management of Water as a Common Good,” which aimed to systematize the knowledge acquired during ongoing organizational processes related to community aqueducts in some municipalities of Antioquia, which form agreements between the public and the community. The strength of this case is the impact it has on public policy, which also implies a resistance to a model of privatization of common goods, as in the case of water.
During the development of the project it was necessary to reformulate the guiding questions for each experience for the systematization process. The results were as follows:
COMMUNITY AQUEDUCTS Experience
How does the organized community appropriate the management of the common goods and provide public service within the framework of PARTICIPATORY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT?
AGROECOLOGICAL RESTRUCTURING Experience
How is agroecology appropriated as an alternative for sustainability in the rural family economy in PARTICIPATORY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT?
COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNAL REGULATIONS Experience
How are internal regulations appropriated as an instrument of government and territorial control in PARTICIPATORY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT?
The systematization document is provided below.