Colectivo Jenzera – Colombia
To support community processes so that people can freely decide on their social, political and economic lives by defending their territories, empowering their own governments and developing a self-managed economy that meets local needs and produces healthy and sufficient food.
This working group consists of a number of people in various academic and professional fields, including anthropology, law, sociology, pedagogy, political science, agronomy and linguistics, and is supported by several leaders of indigenous, peasant and Afro-Colombian communities.
We are committed to fostering intercultural understanding between people who despite their differences are being affected by similar social and economic problems. We have provided national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations and the national and local media with expert information on the plight of ethnic groups. Among these we can list Colombia’s Constitutional Court, the United Nations, the International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs, and the Colombian Commission of Jurists, among others. We now seek to expand our network of friends and allies in the United States to increase our work on behalf of marginalized ethnic groups in our country
Our main activity is the Inter-ethnic School for Conflict Resolution (see below), which constitutes a meeting place for leaders from different communities to problem-solve and learn about current legislation, history, and conflict resolution. We also support agro-ecology activities in the Naya River, and have an active research and publication agenda.