From May 29 to June 2, 2017, the city held the first Medellín Lab, whose main objective is to share the Security and Coexistence Local Management Model of Medellín. The Model and its transversal axes were first approached by knowing, visiting and interacting with the institutions, programs, structures and groups that are directly involved on it.

The exercise offered a comprehensive approach to the city in relation to Medellín’s Security and Coexistence Public Policy. The principal objective of visiting these programs and projects is to demonstrate how each of them is coherently articulated and makes part of the Model. Therefore, to carry out the Medellín Lab linked to the Model, ACI Medellín identified structures and programs in representative locations of the city where security and coexistence issues have been relevant. The contact with local key players was essential on this process.

During this experience, participants had the opportunity to learn about Medellín’s obstacles and success stories in terms of security and coexistence; they could share their own experiences and generate two-way exchanges, as well as valuable learning and engagements.

This exercise was organized by the World Bank, USAID, the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network, the Mayor of Medellín and ACI Medellín. The event was attended by representatives of the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Saint Lucia, Guyana, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Uruguay and Colombia.

The following is a brief chronological summary of the activities, reflections, discussions, lessons learned and experiences lived during the 5 days of Medellín Lab.

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