Empowering citizens in conflict resolution in Columbia
|Research & design||Daniela Maria Yepes|
|Supervisor||Clyde Doyle & Shirley Casey|
|Goal||To empower citizens in conflict resolution in Columbia|
|Audience & Stakeholders||Columbian citizens, specifically school teachers|
|Duration||Major Research Project (1 Year)|
Colombia’s government has established several programs to facilitate social reinsertion and reconciliation.
Since the signature of the peace agreement with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), Colombia’s government established several programs to facilitate social reinsertion and reconciliation. One such was Peace Talk course, which incentivizes students all over the country to learn about peaceful conflict resolution. This research project developed tools for reconciliation and understanding that could be incorporated into the Peace Talk course, and which were presented to the Ministry of Education of Colombia.
Using design thinking methodologies, Daniela developed a workshop which encouraged students and teachers to question how they can contribute to the reconciliation process, and get the information to shape autonomous opinions about Colombia’s socio-political climate. She also conducted a series of interviews with different stakeholders, including an ex-FARC combatant.
Research identified and presented a solution as to how existing resettlement programs could diversify current strategies to support newcomer entrepreneurs and the next generation to becoming strong and successful small businesses entrepreneurs in closely-knit communities.