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Intercultural Territories

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In Latin America there exists a diversity of indigenous nationalities and communities, which have experienced throughout the centuries a loss of their identity, culture and territories, due to processes of colonization and acculturation. Furthermore, and particularly in the Amazon region, conflict levels have been historically high due to its colonial inheritance that generated relationships of distrust between diverse peoples. In this context, Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA), since 2006, has promoted dialogue and intercultural administration as instruments for good governance. We work towards a shared vision of development that contributes to pacific coexistence, the joint and consensual definition of public policies and the organization of fairer, solid and prosperous territories.

Our objective
To construct and consolidate new forms of governance in the Amazon, based on the intercultural principals of respect, horizontal dialogue, mutual understanding and fairness between diverse actors on a local, national and regional level.

How do we work?
The Initiative has developed innovative work methodologies for the construction of new forms of intercultural governance based on the generation of intercultural competencies (rights, participation, conflict transformation, intercultural dialogue and communication, and communal planning) for the strengthening of local leaders and the sensitization of diverse stakeholders on the topic.

Furthermore, the Initiative foments sustained dialogues to share knowledge, understanding and listen to each other so that diverse stakeholders can effectively communicate and search for collaborative forms of relational reconstruction that derive from inclusive and fair public policies.

This work drives public, private and community organizations to facilitate the construction of spaces for intercultural dialogues, planning, citizen participation and social control with an emphasis on rights and the rejection of all forms of violence.

Results
• The Initiative has generated intercultural competencies in more than 70 people including indigenous leaders, representatives, women and young people from 6 different indigenous nationalities in the Amazon region of Ecuador, public functionaries from 6 local governments and civil society representatives. The training covered: dialogue, intercultural administration, citizen participation, intercultural communication, socio-environmental conflict transformation and community planning.
• In the region more than 250 people have benefited indirectly through the trained stakeholders who act as intercultural promoters, replicate their training and carry out intercultural activities in their territories and areas of work.
• Tools for community management and local intercultural public policies have been constructed and approved in a joint manner.
• The Initiative has supported the creation of spaces for intercultural governance (inter-institutional technical tables, circles of knowledge and citizen participation and social control councils).

Where do we work?
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Glossary


Interculturality.- Is a systemic process that recognizes diversity and promotes a dialogue of knowledge in equal conditions and dignity. It provides opportunities to overcome multiple asymmetries based on respect, knowledge, recognition and mutual understanding to enable the construction of synergies and fair relationships.