Colombia River Stories


Universidad Tecnologica del Choco

  • Dr Alex Mauricio Jiménez Ortega is a biologist, focusing on natural resources, tropical biodiversity management and ecology.  He is director of the research group on Wildlife Management of Chocó, and Deputy Director of the Planning Office of the Autonomous Corporation for the Sustainable Development of Chocó.
  • Dr Lucy Marisol Renteria Mosquera is a tenured professor, leading UTCH’s masters and doctoral programs in Education. Her research interests include teacher training, education, media and popular culture, and diversity training.
  • Karol Miguel Rumie Renteria is a lecturer in UTCH's Teleinformatics Engineering Programme.
  • Edward Caicedo Zuarez is lecturer of Chemistry, Didactics, Pedagogical Models and Curricular Design at UTCH. He is associate editor of the Journal of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Member of the Research Group in Education and Media.
  • Katty Romaña Córdoba is lecturer in the Social Work program, teaching Anthropology and Communication. Her research interests include the impact of armed conflict in Afro-Colombian territories, critical discourse analysis and media democratisation.
  • Teresa Marina Ochoa Palacios specialises in Educational Psychology and Administration.  Her research interests include: adult literacy, ethno-education, project evaluation, social and public policies, regional development, management and leadership of NGOs, cultural theories and cultural studies communication.
  • Orfelina Rios Medina specialises in Biology teaching in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. She leads the management of the mammal and fauna collection for research purposes at UTCH.

SCIAF (the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) has been working in Chocó since 2008. As Chocó is the poorest area of Colombia, the region forms a key focus of SCIAF's work in the country. SCIAF works with local communities in Chocó, particularly those located in the Atrato river basin, through local partner organisations, and in collaboration with Colombian and UK institutions and International networks.

ABColombia develops the collective advocacy work on Colombia of Christian Aid, Oxfam, SCIAF, Trócaire and CAFOD. This advocacy work is rooted in the experiences of the grassroots communities with whom they work.

Tierra Digna is a Colombian organisation dedicated to the defence of communities affected by economic policies and projects that threaten their territories and lead to human rights violations and environmental devastation.  Tierra Digna is working closely with communities in Chocó to support the implementation of the T-622 ruling.

Pastoral Social - Diocese of Quibdó seeks to advance human rights and the peaceful resolution of conflict, through community building in the areas of education, development, participation, exchange and support of civil society.  It aims to facilitate the social inclusion of adults, children and adolescents, in the life of their communities.