Participatory evaluation and planning

Participatory evaluation and planning
2018. Sinergias and AATAC annual evaluation and consultation meeting in the community of Tucandira, suburban area of Mitú, Department of Vaupés, Colombia. Photo: Pablo Montoya © Sinergias ONG

Participatory evaluation and planning

Some of the principles that govern this work are the result of the indigenous struggles that were materialized in the 169 agreement of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 1989, and ratified by Colombia through Law 21 of 1991. The same year in which the current Political Constitution was drawn up and passed, which recognized us as a multiethnic and multicultural nation, creating participatory and consultative mechanisms aimed at the indigenous population: prior consultation, consultation and self-determination in all actions concerning indigenous territories and government. 

Specifically, Article 7 of ILO Convention 169 states that indigenous peoples «should have the right to decide their own priorities regarding the development process, to the extent that it affects their lives, beliefs, institutions and spiritual well-being and the lands they occupy or otherwise use, and to control, to the extent possible, their own economic, social, and cultural development. In addition, these peoples must participate in the formulation, application and evaluation of national and regional development plans and programs that may affect them directly». With respect to health services, article 25 promulgates that «they must be organized, to the extent possible, at the community level […] be planned and managed in cooperation with the peoples concerned and take into account their economic, geographical, social and culture, as well as their methods of prevention, curative practices and traditional medicines».

As can be seen throughout the virtual exposition, this work has been carried out based on the priorities established with the indigenous communities and authorities in a participatory manner. Participatory evaluation and planning processes are carried out annually with each of the indigenous organizations linked to this process, in which people from all the affiliated communities participate. In these, the problems to be solved are discussed, the priorities for the new year are established and the main activities to be developed are agreed upon.