Sumak Kawsay, Economía Política de la Universidad Javeriana

English translation: Sumak Kawsay, Political Economy group of the Pontificial Xaverian University

We’re a national network of 4 groups across Colombia, based in Bogota. First set up in 2015 by 7 economics students motivated by the urge of analysing topics and issues that were not addressed in the core economics classes from a critical perspective. By 2018 we’d expanded to include the ;

Fair Coffee and Sumak Kawsay Alliance 
Sumak Kawsay Research Centre 
Sumak Kawsay Research Project of the San Buenaventura University. Nariño and Eastern Cundinamarca
– Our original Political Economy Research Group based at the Pontifical Javeriana University

The group’s mission is to address the economics science from an alternative perspective in order to transform the way in which economics is taught and the way in which people are linked to the economic system and establish their social relationships.  In order to attain this, we hold weekly meetings to foster knowledge enrichment through debates and started to take an active part in organising events and creating a student network to support the ideas of an alternative approach in economics. Thereby, the need to link to other student initiatives and worldwide networks became an important goal for the group to attain.

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Our institutional associations are: the Vice-Chancellor of the University Students and the Vice-Chancellor of University Interinstitutional Relations, which have supported us since the formation of our group in the year 2015. Additionally we have strong support from the head of the economics department and head of the economics degree at our faculty, who have supported us with the diffusion of messages and financial support. Finally, we have a strong institutional partnership with the University’s Council, in which we have one of our members representing the economics department. Other partnerships include the Economic Growth and Development investigation group of the economics department and the Conflict and Peace observatory of the Political Science Faculty. We are currently trying to reach other similar groups in universities within our city and in other cities of the country.