Colombia: Program of Alliances for Reconciliation
With a final peace deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed in November 2016, Colombia is currently turning the page on half a century of armed conflict. Despite the promise of peace, tremendous difficulties persist in conflict-affected regions. Against this backdrop, the USAID-funded Program of Alliances for Reconciliation (PAR) accepts the challenge of carving out a space for reconciliation, bringing together actors from all corners of society and transforming mentalities marked by war, intolerance, and fear. At this pivotal time in Colombia’s history, the ACDI/VOCA team is excited about supporting inclusive and lasting peace for the Colombian people. PAR aims to ensure that Colombians are better prepared to come to terms with the past, strengthen communities’ capacity to mitigate conflicts, and actively embrace and advance reconciliation.
PAR will implement a facilitative approach underpinned by ACDI/VOCA’s understanding that Colombians must be informed and educated about the conflict (information), recognize that they are part of the solution (awareness), and be willing to participate in that process (action/change). PAR expects to carry out the following activities: Provide practical support for establishing the Truth Commission (TC), provide technical assistance during the TC’s implementation, incorporate international best practices, and develop information dissemination strategies. Provide technical assistance to the Center for Historical Memory (CHM) to deepen its geographic coverage, strengthen national and local memory and truth-telling initiatives, and implement the CHM’s communications and outreach strategy. Partner with GOC entities, private-sector firms, and the media to develop multimedia messaging campaigns geared at increasing citizen engagement and promoting shifts in attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors Implement a grant fund to promote initiatives through which communities and individuals build trust and strengthen relationships, including dialogue, income generation, and cultural and sports activities, among other interactions Incorporate gender, social inclusion, and psychosocial support initiatives into all phases of program activities
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Conflict Prevention and Resolution/Peace and Security