Civic infrastructures in Latin America promoting democratic practices in the region
Between 2017 and 2019, Avina Foundation and Open Society Foundations (OSF) joined forces in order to accompany the strengthening and consolidation of civic infrastructures and emerging social movements in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil; to encourage citizens to build more inclusive and representative political agreements; and to transform power relations by seeking to occupy decision-making spaces that would allow them to translate their demands into tangible changes in public policies.
This work involved two lines of action:
- Strengthening civic infrastructures capable of transforming public policies and democratic practices in the region
- Supporting networks of actors and leaderships proposing new ways of participating in politics
These civic architectures have contributed to the construction of alternative spaces for political participation as well as for transforming the status quo and promoting practices of transparency, horizontality, inclusive deliberation and agenda co-creation.
These contributions have unlocked new opportunities for political construction and action by citizens. Additionally, these movements have based their actions on technological platforms and digital tools, expanding the possibilities of participation and civic mobilization. In summary, they are citizens who have reformulated and restructured modern political and democratic life.
01. Map of civic infrastructures in Colombia in alliance with Seamos Digital Democracy
02. In-visibles Network
03. National Incidence Network “Nosotras Ahora” (Women Now)
04. Ocupar la Política – Concejo de Bogotá (Occupy Politics – Bogota Chapter)
05. Ocupar la Política (Occupy Politics)
06. Creation of spaces for designing collective agendas to transform political practices
07. School of Democratic Education
 Civic architectures refer to those which have mobilizing imagery, an adequate and formalized structure and a marshalling ethical-political project, as well as a history and collective identity, and shared and continuous social relations in common spaces. These elements are especially important for collective action requiring a common purpose, solidarity and the skills to drive social change.