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FUNDAEC achieved legal recognition as a non-profit institution on 25 October, 1974, through Resolution # 004747 of the Valle Department, Republic of Colombia.

The Early Years: Dr. Farzam Arbab with Students

The origins of FUNDAEC date back to the early 1970s, when a group of professionals from a variety of disciplines, concerned about the negative impacts of the development processes set in motion after WWII, outlined in their frequent deliberations what eventually became a model for the integral development of rural areas, rooted in a meaningful participation of its inhabitants. The group was led by Farzam Arbab, a renowned physicist who had arrived as a visiting professor to the Universidad del Valle in 1970.

Chronologically, FUNDAEC’s history can be divided into four stages: