Reflections on integration, repopulation and regeneration on a human scale
La Bolina is currently in a process of reflection.
Five years into its conception, and after three and a half years of life in El Valle, we have decided to stop, catch our breath and reflect on the challenges, difficulties, bottlenecks, opportunities and successes we have had.
A participatory and qualitative evaluation.
The evaluation is carried out within the framework of Participatory Action Research: (PAR) combines two processes: reflection and action and involves the local population in both aspects. PAR makes it possible to better understand reality and to plan actions to transform it. It is a process that combines theory and practice, and enables learning, critical awareness, empowerment of participants, community building and strengthening of networks.
With this evaluation we aim to assess the impact of the project to date. To draw lessons for (and from) La Bolina, local actors and other similar projects, and to raise awareness among the general public and public administration about the problems faced by rural, cultural and agro-ecological enterprises. Specifically, we reflect on the difficulties faced by small producers committed to regenerative agriculture and building a local economy that enriches the rural area; and present the obstacles and lessons learned from projects, like ours, that also try to integrate migrants in rural areas in the process of depopulation.
This series of blogs includes the reflections and lessons learned from the different conversations held with key actors. This evaluation has been led by Ernest Gibba, Mar Osuna, Johana Fawkes, Sonia Hernandez Plaza, Charaf El Makkaoui, Pilar Martinez, Maria Eugenia Vega, Ruth Cross and Maria Llanos.