On October 27-28, Berghof Foundation co-organised with our Colombian partners CINEP a public conference (hosted by the Centro de Memoria, Paz y Reconciliación) and an expert workshop (hosted by UNDP Colombia) on the theme “From Insurgency to Democracy: Challenges of Political Participation in Latin America”. These events brought together former insurgent leaders from Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ecuador to discuss with Colombian institutions and the general public some lessons learnt from past peace processes for the ongoing negotiations in Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla organisation. A specific emphasis was placed on the issues of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), security guarantees and political participation.
These activities form part of the ongoing Berghof project Inclusive Political Settlements funded by IDRC in Canada, and BF Programme Director Veronique Dudouet intervened as keynote speaker to share some key insights from recent Berghof research on Security Transition Processes. The events were very well received and echoed positively in the media.