Committees for Aid and Freedom
- General Issues
- Human Rights & Civil Rights
- Governance & Political Institutions
- Planning & Development
- Specific Topics
- Citizenship & Role of Citizens
- Political Rights
- Public Participation
- Scope of Influence
- Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
- Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
- Spectrum of Public Participation
- Open to All or Limited to Some?
- Open to All
- Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
- General Types of Methods
- Deliberative and dialogic process
- Evaluation, oversight, and social auditing
- General Types of Tools/Techniques
- Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
- Recruit or select participants
- Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
- Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
- Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
- Not applicable
- Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
- Types of Interaction Among Participants
- Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
- Type of Organizer/Manager
- Community Based Organization
The Committees for Aid and Freedom are an initiative of the Frente Amplio Venezuela Libre with the objective of organizing citizens at the bases of the opposition.
Problems and Purpose
Background History and Context
The idea was born as part of the "Freedom Operation", directed by the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela Juan Guaidó. They are formed at the community level, by the citizens' own initiative, following instructions published on the website operacionlibertad.org.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
The Committees for Aid and Freedom are an initiative of the Frente Amplio Venezuela Libre.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
The committees are expected to meet regularly to discuss the situation in the country and possible solutions to the challenges facing the community, for example blackouts or shortages. Their activities also include the implementation of contingency protocols for situations such as repression or violence, and the monitoring and dissemination of the information provided by the National Assembly. Their two dimensions entail: activism in the sense of coordinating volunteers and mobilizations, and policymaking in the sense of preparing and executing self-government structures in each sector of society.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
At the end of 2019, several committees have been created under oath in different regions of the country, yet there is little evidence of their actions or impact.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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