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Strategies for citizen-citizen reconciliation in peacebuilding: Reintegration of internally displaced persons in Post-Conflict Colombia

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. 


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Diego Osorio

Diego is an international advisor and consultant with 19 years of experience in fragile states, public administration and conflict and peace operations covering the UN, NATO, the World Bank, Canadian diplomacy and private sector ventures.

Diego has worked on fragility, social innovation, complex systems, institutional/social reconstruction, civil-military coordination and humanitarian issues in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Timor Leste, Colombia, Pakistan, Indonesia (Banda Aceh), Liberia, Iraq and many other countries. He has also served as Senior Peacekeeping Officer at Global Affairs Canada.

He is an advisor to the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, an associate fellow of both the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and a lecturer/researcher in humanitarian action, reconciliation/mediation, post-conflict recovery and urban conflict at universities in Canada and abroad.

Vivian Valencia

Vivian is a Research Fellow in Agroecology and Food System Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Her current work investigates relationships between policy, agricultural practices and socioecological resilience of food systems for the family farming sector in Brazil.

In 2015, Vivian received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Columbia University in the City of New York where she investigated the environmental sustainability of shade-grown coffee.

As part of her doctoral work, she lived in remote rural communities in Mexico where she learned first-hand about the challenges encountered by farming communities in making a livelihood while facing external pressures to conserve natural areas.

Vivian obtained a Master’s in Health Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2007, as well as a BS in Biology and a BA in French from University of Florida in 2006.


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