Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes
Publication date: 
2004
Accord issue: 
14

The Magdalena Medio Peace and Development Programme (PDPMM) aims to create opportunities for peace and development in a war-ravaged area. The PDPMM sees peace and sustainable development as intimately intertwined, with the active participation of the local population crucial to both. The article outlines the development of the programme’s simple model based on inclusion, cooperation, consensus and active local participation through small, practical projects. The programme is also a medium for communication with national and international institutions. The article highlights the challenges faced and argues that long-term development, empowerment and a participatory political culture are as crucial to peace as ceasefires and political negotiations.