The Socio-organizational strengthening Program works to strengthen the capacities of individuals and social actors, and their appropriation to promote their political impact on the different levels and areas of action in which each organized group acts.


To politically influence local and regional development processes, strengthening the management capacities of the actors in the organized groups and grassroot organizations.

Lines of work

The Altropico foundation promotes spaces of participation for local actors by using methodologies and tools such as participatory community assessments, life plans and local development plans. We also support the social participation initiative called “the Corredor de Vida Chiles Mataje”.

  • Support in community planning of more than 20 communities in Carchi and Esmeraldas with Awá, Chachi, Afro Ecuadorian and mestizo organizations with participatory community planning methodology

  • Cultural revitalization and strengthening of local capacities for community leaders in topics such as: training leaders, citizen education, constitutional rights, participatory processes with young people and parliamentary procedures, among others

We promote training processes in socio-organizational issues: citizen education, constitutional rights, human rights, gender equity, parliamentary procedures, training leaders.

  • Creation of 8 groups of leaders with the participation of 180 men and women from organizations and communities: Awá, Chachi, Afro Ecuadorians and mestizas, in the border area of ​​Ecuador and Colombia.

  • Creation of a group of 40 women leaders in the Chachi territory who know more about human, collective and constitutional rights.

  • Binational  (Ecuador and Colombia) leadership training for indigenous nationalities and Afro-Ecuadorian people, this with the help of WWF – Colombia and OXFAM GB – Colombia.

We strengthen the capacities of leaders of decentralized autonomous governments, within the topic of citizen participation, participation in budgeting, accounting and strategic territorial planning.

  • Development and updating of five Territorial Development Plans in four parishes of Carchi and Esmeraldas: Tululbí, Alto Tambo, Tobar Donoso and Maldonado.
  • Training for eight parochial GADs and their communities in participatory planning, accounting, participatory budgeting, management and public administration.
  • Arranging training, meetings and exchanges with eight parochial governments of Carchi and Esmeraldas on issues such as: planning, participatory budgets, oversight, procurement, public purchases, planning and land use planning
  • Support in the creation of the community of four parochial governments of the Golondrinas Protected Forest.

We support and strengthen the indigenous and afro-decendant organizations for a better governance and territorial management.

  • Arranging training, exchanges and meetings woth the indigenous organizations Awá, Chachi, Èpera and Sapara on isues such as organizational strengthening territorial planning, conflict management.
  • Development of life plans of indigenous organizations and communities as a tool for governance and territorial management.

We promote spaces at the binational level (border region Ecuador – Colombia) for the exchange of experiences, dialogues, consensus and advocacy, among community, social and local government actors, within the framework of better border governance and development.

  • Strengthening the Great Awá Family (FCAE, UNIPA, CAMAWARI and ACIPAP) by updating the Binational Life Plan, historical tracking and exchange between young people, women and the elderly.
  • Coordination of the Binational Forum for the Management of the Mira-Mataje Basin, as a binational space for the analysis of the social – environmental problems of the region and the articulation between communities, indigenous organizations, public and private institutions, with the purpose of creating joint agendas .