Project to enhance community 'voice' in the southern Andes

02 June 2019

Leadership courses abound in Peru today and come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and approaches. A refreshing new initiative will open in August in Cuzco, stemming from a Spanish NGO, Entrepueblos de España, and the Peruvian NGO Cooperacción. The initiative is funded mainly from Europe.

The new school will focus on developing capacities and techniques for impact in the southern mining corridor, an area of constant tension in recent years.

The organisers have just held a workshop with representatives from the provinces of Cotabambas, Espinar and Chumbivilcas seeking community 'validation' for this potentially valuable initiative. The workshop gave local leaders a chance to speak out about what they see that they need, or what they don't need. What they don't need, the leaders say, is the kind of theoretical abstract course they typically get offered.

They want a participatory methodology, real life examples from their own locality, and role play. They want to learn by doing, and value the contacts such a course could help generate, particularly with their fellows in other provinces, so as to be able to learn from them.

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