"Here, the public-private partnership model is quite applicable. Colombia should consider creating an independent, impartial body comprised of leaders from the public and private sectors to oversee the implementation process and prevent corruption. Such an institution could leverage the leadership of the public sector with the resources of the private sector, and might prove valuable in creating consensus and approval among social groups concerned with how the peace deal will affect the nation going forward.
"In the wake of one of the biggest corruption scandals in history, Colombia has a unique opportunity to seize this moment and reject business as usual. Through partnership and substantive reform, it can make major progress in eradicating corruption. Forums like the Concordia Americas Summit in Bogotá on Feb. 21 represent a unique opportunity to develop meaningful partnerships, and we look forward to fostering collaboration for a better future in Colombia and beyond at the summit in Bogotá." Devex
"Colombia is reducing poverty and, in particular, extreme poverty," said the Vatican's Nuncio, adding: "With the help of all, violence, enmity and prejudice can be overcome, reviving confidence in a better country and Promoting reconciliation." El Siglo de Durango
On an official visit to Colombia this week President Michael D. Higgins acknowledged the work of 'many groups and individuals' who have travelled between Colombia and Ireland in recent months to 'discuss lessons and parallels from our respective journeys', saying Ireland 'can make a contribution by making available our own experience of peacebuilding over the last 20 years and more'”. Irish Catholic
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday reiterated his thanks to his Ecuadorian counterpart and host, Rafael Correa, for the latter’s support of Bogota’s peace process with the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas. “Many thanks for all the support that you have been giving us, support in the peace process. Your generosity, your vision, your commitment to peace in the region and peace in Colombia is something that we will never forget,” said Santos upon his arrival in the city of Guayaquil to meet with his Ecuadorian colleague. On Feb. 7, the Colombian government and the ELN in Quito began an historic dialogue with an eye toward ending the confrontation they have pursued for more than 52 years, after the peace accord signed on Nov. 24 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Latin American Herald Tribune
Sweden participated in the launching of the latest Colombia Peace Fund called the "Colombia Sustainable Trust Fund" of the Inter-American Development Bank. Sweden supports this fund because it represents an opportunity to continue betting on peacebuilding in Colombia, based on the principle of economic, social and environmental sustainability, since Sweden sees peacebuilding as strongly linked to sustainable development. Sweden Abroad
"The transfer of the guerrillas to 26 assembly points across the country, where they will lay down their weapons and prepare for their return to civilian life under the supervision of the UN, began on 28 January. President Juan Manuel Santos described the movement as 'historic.'"
Colombia is seeking to put an end to more than half a century of armed conflict, involving about 30 guerrilla organizations, paramilitaries and law enforcement agencies, causing at least 260,000 deaths, more than 60,000 missing and 6.9 million displaced. In February, the government launched peace talks with the last guerrilla group active in territory of Colombia, the National Liberation Army (ELN, Guevarista). Le Monde
After 55 years of civil conflict that killed some 220,000 citizens, Colombia is indubitably on the path to peace. Juan Manuel Santos’s government has signed a peace agreement with the FARC rebels and launched negotiations with the ELN, the country’s second-largest guerrilla group, which is still armed and active.
But accords are only the first step toward ending war. Afterwards come disarmament, reintegration, reparations, justice – all the hard work of making peace stick in a traumatised and deeply polarised nation. At this fragile crossroads, The Conversation Global invited scholars to reflect on recent peace processes from around the globe. The question: what lessons could Colombia take away from other nations’ transitions from civil war to peace? The Conversation
Is your company, Virgin Mobile Colombia, going to hire FARC ex-combatants?: We totally agree with that policy and when I was here the last time we discussed it with management. I do not know if it is already being implemented, but it is an issue that interests us and, if they have not already done so, they will definitely do so in the future, we have to set an example. Dinero.com
Visiting Bogotá where he'll join other artists for a performance, Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat said that although some sectors are making every effort possible to "delay" the peace process, it will move forward. "The people of Colombia are increasingly convinced about the road to follow, there is no other solution that does not including turning in your weapons". Diario de las Américas