Informal education processes as key aspects in international alliances for the building of alternative development models

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CONGRESO Informal education processes as key aspects in international alliances for the building of alternative development models

Abstract

In a period characterised by neo-liberalism, increasing inequalities and persistent human rights violations, depoliticized and managerialistic approaches to international cooperation that most NGOs have assumed, have not been challenging the structural basis of these processes. Moreover, they have been proved to be serving to the imposition of certain hegemonic development model. However, we also find few alternative and more transformative forms of international cooperation: It is the case of some alliances between grassroots movements and organizations in the global South (from indigenous peoples to peasant and women organizations) that are confronting hegemonic development models, and certain progressive NGOs and social organizations in the Global North. This approach to international cooperation is essentially political. Alliances between southern and northern organizations prioritize advocacy and social mobilization, and are based in political engagement, solidarity, responsibility and common values and goals of social transformation. In these relations of cooperation, informal processes of education arise. Through participation, accountability, the building of confidence, reflection and dialogue, multidimensional learning processes emerge ¿at individual and organizational level-, with political, ethical, cultural and civic dimensions. Trough these processes, citizenship can be built and alternative models of development can be promoted, shared and constructed. In this paper, we approach five cases of alliances between grassroots organizations in Colombia and networks of Spanish NGOs that support local processes in Colombia. Building on theoretical elements of development education, we offer a framework to explore how processes of informal education emerge in the relations, and how they can promote relevant changes in individuals and organizations in their defence of human rights and in the construction of alternative models of development. Then, we offer some preliminary results of the analysis of the case studies.