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About Us

Committed to peace, democracy and human rights.

The Instituto Popular de Capacitación -IPC- is an institution of popular promotion that has links with various sectors of society and carries out research, training and education initiatives, public opinion, advice, consultancy, accompaniment and promotion with communities (academic, rural, urban, solidarity and related), social and political movements, media, as well as with the State in its different territorial scales.

Our Mission

We are a social and political actor that works in an allied way for the democratization of social and political life, and the transformation of development models and models of life under the principles of critical thinking, in five areas in a comprehensive manner.

Our Vision

Contribute to the Post-Conflict, Peace and the new Institutionality focusing on processes of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, as well as democratic and cultural transformations to support the right to territory and strengthen social and institutional structures. 

Lines of Work

Social production of knowledge with timeliness and relevance

Opinion production for the construction of public opinion

Popular education for cultural transformation

Advocacy in the construction and transformation of the institutional framework

Advocacy in the democratic construction of public policies

Construction of public policies for the protection of human rights

Gender equity and environmental protection

Our History

During its 40 years of institutional life, the IPC has been committed to peace building within the framework of the search for a negotiated and political solution to the armed conflict, the expansion of democracy and social equity as structural supports to the achievement of peace, always from the perspective of civil society.

In our journey, we have approached unionized workers and urban movements claiming the right to the city, such as neighborhood communities, with the promotion of community participation in the construction of their own development and in the search for non-violent conflict resolution. In this area, from the organization we have promoted public policies for development and local and territorial democracy, conflict transformation scenarios, expressions of solidarity economy, defense of the territory and the rights of nature, scenarios for local democracy, citizen control through oversight and electoral observations, and human rights and the treatment of violence for the sake of peace building from the territorial context.

We are an institution with a clear public vocation, known nationally and internationally, that defends and sustains what it does, convinced of the legitimacy of human rights work and the achievement of peace.

Currently, from IPC we develop educational strategies, advocacy, social research, monitoring and observatories, and public opinion at the local, regional and national levels, and in an allied manner through networks and platforms, at the national and international levels.

We have a Press Agency dedicated to investigative journalism from the perspective of political communications, a Human Rights and Peace Observatory which monitors and analyzes situations of violations, conflict dynamics and peace initiatives; an area of Transitional Justice which works hand in hand with different entities and institutions in the framework of the construction of a stable and lasting peace; and organizational work through the project of Solidarity and Social Economy for the promotion of comprehensive rights.

As part of our actions, we produce the annual Bulletin for Democracy and Peace, the magazine Relecturas and various research reports that show the state of human rights and the rights of nature, the dynamics of the conflict and actors in dispute, which are the result of monitoring and observatory work of the different work teams and researchers.

It should be noted that the IPC is a subject of collective reparation offered by the national government, in the National Cases strategy of the UARIV since 2013.





  • Carlos Andrés Zapata CardonaPresidente y Representante Legal
  • Martha Lucía Peña DuqueVicepresidente y Designada principal - Junta Directiva
  • Diego Herrera DuqueDesignado principal - Junta Directiva
  • Clauria María TamayoDesignado principal - Junta Directiva
  • Jorge Diego Sierra ArroyaveDesignado principal - Junta Directiva
  • Andrés Darío Arredondo RestrepoDesignado suplente - Junta Directiva
  • Carlos Hernán Montoya SuárezDesignado suplente - Junta Directiva
  • Ana Irma Carvajal Almario Coordinación administrativa y financiera
  • Mónica María Henao MolinaContadora
  • Ana María CalleRevisora fiscal principal - Designada por Abako's S.A.
  • Gladys Elena Morales MoralesRevisora fiscal principal - Designada por Abako's S.A.