We communicated the journey extensively. We made a website with general information – www.colombia2014.nl – and subsequently through the use social media , through mailings , and through newsletters and websites of partners advertised the trip throughout the target group. Ultimately, a diverse group of participants went with us; from architects to developers and public employees to urban planners and geographers .
The trip was made possible by a grant from the Fund for the Creative Industries and with the help of the Colombian Embassy in the Netherlands , the Dutch embassy and consul in Colombia, Colombia Holland House , RVO , the city of Amsterdam and the participants of the trip. And of course, all the people that were so friendly to talk to us, show us around and help us during the trip.
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Why Colombia ?
Bogotá and Medellín have won many awards for their urban development in the recent years. With limited resources , these cities are redeveloped by focusing on the strength of their inhabitants, by working together with private parties and by connecting organic growth of the city with urban planning. In this study , we explored the Colombian approach . Through this transformation Bogotá and Medellín have become magnets for new residents and businesses and are growing rapidly . This growth provides opportunities for Dutch businesses to get started. Through this journey , the participants learned how Colombians works and what our Dutch approach can add to the existing knowledge. The trip was combined with a visit to the UN Habitat World Urban Forum in Medellin