Open Situation Room in Bogotá and Medellín - Strategies for citizen-citizen reconciliation in peacebuilding: Reintegration of internally displaced persons in Post-Conflict Colombia
21 March 2017, Bogotá and Medellín
In a world filled with humanitarian challenges, social innovation plays a key role in solving global and local problems. From this idea the program "Everyone a Humanitarian", led internationally by the organization Global Diplomacy Lab, Swissnex San Francisco, and the Swiss Consulate General in San Francisco. This initiative has been carried out since January 2017 in different countries, with the support of a "Local Champion" who works collaboratively with other social organizations.
Colombia joins this initiative through the Colombian Community of Social Innovation, based on the complex situation that the country is experiencing in the search for peace and an end to armed conflict with the FARC. The Local Champions of Colombia have taken as essential axis for social innovation, the formulation of new mechanisms that promote reconciliation between the demobilized community and civil society. To do this, the first Open Situation Room (OSR) will be held simultaneously on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the cities of Bogotá and Medellín, with the collaboration of COMFAMA, Tool-Be, Colombian Community of Innovation and others.
The purpose of this dynamic will be to propose alternatives to promote reconciliation in Colombia, which will then be presented to the international community to compete with other humanitarian initiatives around the world. Beyond the international contest, it seeks to rethink the country to promote healthy coexistence, effective reintegration and promotion of humanitarian values.
Our challenge is to identify innovative ways to overcome mistrust, resentment and prejudice by finding ways to strengthen Colombia's social capital. By forming social associations that facilitate exchanges between citizens, we can pave the way for a reconciliation and integration of displaced populations. This OSR will explore strategies that connect citizens to support the peace process in Colombia.
Diego Osorio (GDL member and Colombian Community of Social Innovation)
Vivian Valencia (GDL member and Colombian Community of Social Innovation)
Tatiana Dangond (Colombian Community of Social Innovation)
Natalia Perez Amaya (Colombian Community of Social Innovation)
Lina Maria Loaiza (Colombian Community of Social Innovation)
Luis Hernando Aguilar (Colombian Community of Social Innovation / Kitum)
Diego Osorio is the Manager of Policy Team at the Centre for Rural Development, Canada’s Ministry of Infrastructure and previously Senior Advisor on Climate Security at CGIAR Climate Security. He is a PhD candidate (Utrecht University) and former Canadian diplomat with 23 years of public administration and international experience covering the UN, NATO, the World Bank, Canadian diplomacy, and private sector ventures.
Diego has worked globally on diplomatic/political and economic matters, climate change-conflict/adaptation policy, as well as institutional/social reconstruction, civil-military coordination, and humanitarian issues. He has deployed to Afghanistan, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Indonesia (Banda Aceh), Iraq, Central African Republic, Jordan, Kosovo, Liberia, Pakistan, and Timor Leste, to name some of his multiple field missions.
He previously served as Senior Peacekeeping Officer (2006) and as Senior Advisor on Mediation, Negotiation and Peace processes (2019) at Global Affairs Canada. He is also an Associate Fellow of both the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the Université de Quebec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Diego has lectured in humanitarian action, governance design, the humanitarian-development nexus, reconciliation/mediation, conflict and climate change, post-conflict recovery, political economy, complexity/economic geography, and urban conflict at universities in Canada and abroad. He also works on co-creation and human design methodologies and is an Adjunct Professor of Master of Public Policy at Adler University, Canada.
Dr Vivian Valencia is an interdisciplinary scientist who utilises perspectives and methods from the natural and social sciences to investigate the socio-ecological processes that shape agricultural landscapes and food systems and the consequences for food security, ecosystems and biodiversity. She is currently Assistant Professor at Wageningen University. She earned her PhD from Columbia University in 2015.
Dr Valencia’s research and professional career have been supported by the National Geographic Early Career Grant, PRIME Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Marie Curie Programme of the European Commission, Bill and Melinda Gates Millenium Scholarship among others.
Dr Valencia is active in the policy sphere, where she aims to close the gap between science and policy-making. She is a former member of the GDL’s Advisory Council; a BMW Responsible Leader; an alumna of several programmes of the Bosch Foundation; an alumna of the Managing Global Governance Training Programme of the German Development Institute (DIE); and an alumna of the “International Futures” programme of Training for International Diplomats of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Read more about Vivian here.