Support for peace implementation in Colombia

Backgrounder

Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) is designed to give Canada a stronger voice on the world stage by funding projects that help to promote peace and security and respond to natural disasters. Canada’s PSOPs helps to address the drivers of conflict worldwide, laying the groundwork for enduring stability in fragile and conflict-affected states; to coordinate whole-of-government responses to natural disasters, conflicts and crises abroad; and to support targeted stabilization programming in, and deployments to, fragile or conflict-affected states.

Canada announced funding for six projects that will support Colombia’s peace implementation efforts.

Police transformation focused on urban and rural citizen security, phase II

Implementing partner: Fundación Ideas para la Paz [ideas for peace foundation]

$3,000,000 over three years

This project will continue the development of the National Police of Colombia’s (PNC’s) capabilities through training, support and monitoring activities at the national level, in two types of areas: rural regions that have been prioritized for the post-conflict phase; and 12 metropolitan areas covered by the PNC. The project also includes a strong “train the trainers” program that, at the completion of the project, aims to leave the new capabilities embedded in Colombia’s police schools to be passed on to future urban and rural police officers.

Integral Mine Action in Colombia

Implementing partner: Organization of American States’ comprehensive action against anti-personnel mines program

$1,300,000 over one year

This project will improve the internal capacity of the Government of Colombia to deal with the large number of landmines in Colombia following 50 years of conflict by providing training, logistical, technical and administrative support to the Colombian military’s mine action capacity, working in areas assigned by the national mine action coordination authority. It will also provide on-site monitoring and post-clearance inspections of land for all demining activities conducted by military and civilian organizations, community liaison with local authorities, integral mine-risk education and the identification of landmine victims who have not been registered or assisted by the government and provided access to these needed services.

Increasing national and local capacity for the implementation of the prospective peace agreement in Colombia

Implementing partner: International Organization for Migration

$3,869,240 over three years

This project aims to increase the capacity and knowledge of Government of Colombia and civil society actors related to implementing the government’s Rapid Response Strategy and increase citizen engagement with peacebuilding and reconciliation, thereby contributing to citizen mobilization related to the implementation of the peace accords.

Enhanced respect, promotion and protection of human rights in the post-accord period in Colombia

Implementing partner: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

$1,000,000 over 18 months

This project will (1) support a robust UN human rights presence in post-accord Colombia that complements the peace and security work of the UN’s political mission, (2) support the work of Government of Colombia institutions and civil society groups who work for the promotion and protection of human rights and (3) demonstrate the dividends of peace given the critical nature of the short period immediately after the signing of a peace agreement.

The Organization of American States’ mission to support the peace process

Implementing partner: Organization of American States

$1,000,000 over one year

The mission to support the peace process (MAPP) supports and monitors the Government of Colombia’s development of tools and institutional frameworks for reintegration, transitional justice and reparation for victims; reconciliation and land restitution; and ensuring the credibility, impartiality and effectiveness of these processes. Since 2004, MAPP has worked to mitigate and prevent situations that could pose risks to the peace process. Canada has been a leading donor to MAPP since its establishment.

Electoral observation mission in Colombia for the peace accord plebiscite

Implementing partner: Organization of American States’ Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation

$200,000 from September 2016 to November 2016

The aim of this project is to provide funding for the rollout of an electoral observation mission to Colombia for the plebiscite on October 2, 2016, at which time Colombian citizens will vote on whether they will accept or reject the peace deal. This project will ensure that the results of the plebiscite are seen as credible.


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