was the Colombia/Andes director for the International Crisis Group in Bogotá from 2010 to 2013. Previously she led the Americas Department at Transparency International. She has consulted for numerous international development organisations on governance and conflict matters and t...
- Building the Peace. Rural Education and conflict in Colombia
Mabel González Bustelo , 9 December 2016
- The Venezuela Crisis, Regional Dynamics, and the Peace Process in Colombia
David Smilde , Dimitris Pantoulas , 24 August 2016
- The humanitarian impact of the new dynamics of the armed conflict and violence in various regions of Colombia
Francisco Rey Marcos , Joséphine Dubois , 19 August 2016
- Mujeres en grupos armados y fuerzas combatientes: Lecciones aprendidas desde perspectivas de género en programas de DDR
Elisa Tarnaala , 15 July 2016
- Innovations in the Colombian peace process
Kristian Herbolzheimer , 27 June 2016
- Women in armed groups and fighting forces: lessons learned from gender-sensitive DDR programmes
Elisa Tarnaala , 23 June 2016
- Territorial peacebuilding in Colombia: the opportunity to do what has not been achieved before?
Silke Pfeiffer , 10 July 2015
Building up a peace infrastructure for Colombia: lessons from implementing the Victims Law
Silke Pfeiffer, 22 October 2015
Whether a potential peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will translate into the necessary transformations on the ground will depend, among other things, on the quality and legitimacy of its implementation system. Colombia will need to set up a peace infrastructure that not only facilitates formal compliance, but helps to transform the state, particularly at the local level, as well as citizens’ interactions with it. Tasked with implementing the 2011 Victims and Land Restitution Law, the National System for Comprehensive Attention to and Reparations for Victims provides important lessons for the architects of a future peace infrastructure. In order to have an impact on local dynamics, such an infrastructure will need to be developed in cooperation with regional and local actors and allow a degree of flexibility and autonomy for setting up cooperative spaces, while establishing clear standards and effective accountability systems. In the long run these spaces can only become vehicles for peace and confidence-building if power asymmetries and security risks facing community leaders are addressed. Finally, the success of a peace infrastructure will depend on the degree to which it is woven into existing institutional processes and logics, and manages to introduce good management practices instead of creating parallel, partly competing systems.