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Background for the national strategy

Avina fosters dialogue among various stakeholders and promotes the strengthening of alliances to further the transition toward a development model that will support a harmonious relationship of human beings with themselves and others and with nature, the key element of the concept of “good living”.

Ecuador has certain unique economic, environmental and social characteristics that define Avina’s work in the country. It is the most biodiverse country in the world and has the highest concentration of rivers per square kilometer in the planet. It is the third fastest growing economy in Latin America and home to 15 indigenous nations, each with a rich tradition and its own worldview, in addition to a diverse population that includes mestizos, Montubios, Afro-Ecuadorians, and white Ecuadorians. Ecuador is also the first country in the world to recognize that nature is a subject of rights, a recognition that contrasts with the fact that its economy is dependent on the extraction of non-renewable natural resources.

Avina’s strategy in Ecuador builds on the awareness of this unique confluence of socio-cultural, environmental, and economic factors and the challenges they pose to achieving sustainable and inclusive development in the country and the region. In Ecuador, Avina fosters

dialogue among various stakeholders and promotes the strengthening of alliances to further the transition toward a development model that will support a harmonious relationship of human beings with themselves and others and with nature, the key element of the concept of “good living”.

With the aim of contributing to building a new economy based on recognition of the limits of nature and the struggle to reduce inequality in the use of resources, Avina works with key stakeholders in the public sector, business and civil society on the following issues:
– Managing and generating knowledge and developing proposals for change;
– Institutionalizing processes and their sustainability in the public and private sectors;
– Promoting technological and social innovation to speed up change;
– Empowering stakeholders so they can improve their working conditions and quality of life;
– Furthering citizen participation and shared responsibility in the construction of public goods across the country.
Our plan of action is geared toward strengthening Ecuadorian society through shared responsibility, the production of public goods, citizen involvement and transparency. We seek to promote social, ethnic and gender equality and to contribute to the country’s economic development, and in this way help to implement the National Plan for Good Living.


National Strategies

Opportunities for advancing elements of Avina's continental strategy in Argentina include initiatives to support recycling, improving public access to water, mitigating climate change, preserving the Amazonian biome and promoting inclusive markets.

Please click the links to the right to see the initiatives for the current country.

Programas AVINA

Supporting the Struggle Against Climate Change

In 2007, María Elena Ordóñez, head of Avina’s ally, Fundación ARCANDINA, encouraged three important institutions to support the Child Education, Communication and Participation Plan and an educational campaign called “Sowing the Future” (Sembremos Futuro), which seeks to educate thousands of children from all over Ecuador on climate change, citizenship and environmental issues.

The campaign included the drafting of a “Letter for Life,” signed by more than 250,000 people, endorsing their personal and institutional commitment to protect the environment. As part of this campaign, a flag bearing people’s handprints made its way on a trek cross Ecuador, with educational workshops in all of the country’s larger


population centers.

With support from Avina, the Nature Foundation (Fundación Natura), the Children and Family National Institute (INNFA) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines, it was possible to broaden the coverage and impact of the campaign.

ARCANDINA continues using this educational, recreational and creative model in its campaigns, programs and television spots, which has been replicated in other countries such as Venezuela and the United States. At present, similar arrangements are being explored with TV Globo in Brazil.

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