Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) visited Colombia in February to share the Basque case with Ecomun, a network of cooperatives created by former FARC combatants. The visit is part of a project led by LKS Next and Alecop - cooperatives from Mondragon Corporation that, together with the European Union, are training Ecomun members in the values and organizational system of cooperatives.

Along the visit, ALC representation met the mayors of the towns of Mesetas and La Uribe, as well as with representatives of UNDP, the Reincorporation and Normalization Agency (ARN), the Liaison Office of victims and also, territorial development agents. It was shared with all of them the keys that have allowed in a context of violence and confrontation, the profound transformation of Euskadi in the last 40 years by promoting economic development while achieving high indices of equality.

ALC also took advantage of the visit to check first-hand the situation in the Territorial Training and Reincorporation Spaces (ETCR) located in Mesetas. Those have been created within the framework of the Colombian peace agreement and their function, based on a community reincorporation model, is to train the members of the FARC-EP for their reincorporation into civilian life in order for them to prepare productive projects and to attend the technical training needs of the surrounding communities.

Both in the ETCR of Simón Trinidad and in the one of Mariana Páez, ALC had the opportunity to learn about the projects developed, such as the cultivation of sugar cane and passion fruit, the installation of fish farms or ecotourism initiatives.

Colombia is now going through a complex situation. The implementation of peace agreements after a long conflict lives a critical moment from the perspective of peace process sustainability. Although the Basque case is not equally replicable in Colombia, ALC considers that it can be inspiring and, above all, can be a concrete example of community development upon the basis of equality.