Aguabonita Platform

Sector: Territorial development, Peacebuilding, Food System Country: Colombia

Multidisciplinary work in collaboration with the Manigua Corporation and the Institute of Intercultural Studies (IEI) - Universidad Pontifica Javeriana de Cali, and Agirre Lehendakaria Center.

This project is articulated within the framework of peace agreements in Colombia, where the Basque Government undertook to support a Territorial Development project whose objective was the implementation of an Open Innovation Platform in the Department of Caquetá that would stimulate development territory of the area, and support the connection of initiatives in addition to generating new initiatives of entrepreneurship and social transformation that promote the process of reincorporation of the ex-combatant community.

Profiles and Narratives
Juan Pablo
Nixon Armando
Impact Levels
  • Community actions 2
  • Small and mid scale initiatives 16
  • Large scale initiatives 5
  • New public services 0
  • New regulation mechanisms 0
JobExcombatiente / Líder de Vereda
Key narrative

A pesar de las dificultades, Aguabonita sigue adelante

Key narrative

Las mujeres trabajamos el doble: asumimos el cuidado de la casa y otras tareas que se conocen

NameJuan Pablo
JobAsesor técnico del programa
Key narrative

Tenemos que pensar en el conjunto. En conjunto los proyectos aportan desarrollo orgánico al territorio y a la comunidad

JobExcombatiente / Campesina
Key narrative

El desarrollo comunitario e institucional pasa porque las mujeres hagan parte de los procesos

NameNixon Armando
Key narrative

Si seguimos viviendo al día siempre seremos pobres

JobExcombatiente / Campesino
Key narrative

El proceso colectivo es el único camino pero cada miembro de la comunidad debe tener un rol

Key narrative

Si combinamos la sabiduría popular con la formación y ayudas, podremos salir adelante

Key narrative

No conviene que estemos bien conectados para ser competitivos

This project, whose main beneficiary community is mostly concentrated, an ex-combatant community in the process of reincorporation and a peasant community, began its implementation in the village of Aguabonita, also known as the Population Center of Aguabonita II or EX-AETCR Héctor Ramírez, and its five neighboring villages (villages Cedro, Cedrito, Morros, Juntas and Aguabonita I) in January 2021, thanks to the coordinated work of a multidisciplinary work team made up of the Manigua Corporation and the Institute of Intercultural Studies (IEI) - Pontifical Javeriana University of Cali.

The portfolio consists of a total of 23 initiatives in the implementation phase that respond directly to the deep needs and perceptions of the communities, identified through a process of community listening and collaborative contrast spaces, in which a diverse ecosystem of actors has participated, including institutions, ex-combatants, victims, communities, women and youth groups. 


The initiatives have a triple objective:
1. Economic development
2. Community development
3. Peacebuilding



The portfolio of initiatives operates mainly in the following areas of intervention:

Reinforcement of the cooperative activity of the reincorporated community, which is mainly concentrated in the Aguabonita II area and in close collaboration with the COOMBUVIPAC cooperative (Cooperativa para el buen vivir y la paz del Caquetá) in relation to 6 main productive lines and direct work with the rest of the areas (Aguabonita I, Juntas, Morros, El Cedro and Cedritos).

This work approach has allowed the project to build relationships of trust with the community and, consequently, a greater degree of feedback and adaptation in the implementation phase. The activities carried out in recent months show how the collective is capable of jointly analyzing challenges and weaknesses and identifying strengths and alternatives to overcome them.


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