The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In Latin America, Conciliation Resources worked with local organisations in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru – countries that have suffered protracted armed conflicts – to support people to explore ways to strengthen peace processes and prevent violence.
In Colombia, the project activities supported dialogue between different groups in society on their roles in and contributions to building peace.
The work in Guatemala involved workshops with civil society and dialogue with government authorities to revive the issues in the peace agreements signed at the start of the 1990s, whose implementation has been deficient.
Partners in Peru facilitated dialogue between state actors and local communities in the Amazon region, and in El Salvador partners facilitated analysis and coordination among different civil society and state actors to prevent violence emanating from local resource conflicts.
Conciliation Resources’ on-going work in Colombia supports the peace negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the FARC, by contributing to discussions with civil society, government, insurgencies and the international community and through sharing our comparative perspective on peace processes.