The German Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, a Centre of Excellence in Research and Teaching, is a cooperation platform operating in Germany and Colombia and financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with funds provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.
The Institute stimulates the exchange of experiences and knowledge on peacebuilding through the creation of networks between universities, research centres, civil society organisations, and governmental entities that act in the territorial arena. CAPAZ supports research, teaching, and advisory activities that create new approaches to understanding peace and conflict, transmit knowledge to society, and provide responses to the multiple challenges of a society in transition.
The Founding Members include those German and Colombian universities and research centres that signed the necessary cooperation agreements for the creation of Instituto CAPAZ, according to the call opened by DAAD in 2016.
Prof. Dr. Peters is Academic Director of the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ and Chair of Peace Studies at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany).
The Colombian peace process has made significant progress in the last four years, but it still faces enormous challenges and is at the centre of controversy. This project designed to stabilise the Colombian peace process by promoting justice, truth and human rights focuses on the scientific analysis of transitional justice measures in Colombia.
A central aspect of this cooperation is the transfer of scientific/academic knowledge to multipliers in politics, the media, education and civil society. It also supports collaboration with exiled victims of the internal armed conflict in Germany and promotes the discussion of the results of the peace process outside of Colombia.
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Project period: 2020-2022
German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ); Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), Commission for the Clarification of the Truth (CEV) in Colombia; Centro de Estudios de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal Latinoamericano (CEDPAL) of Göttingen University ; Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG)
Both South Africa and Colombia are facing challenging transition processes following the end of the apartheid regime in the former and the signing of the peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas in the latter. On the one hand, they have to deal with reconciliation with past crimes; on the other hand, social reconciliation processes and the creation of socially inclusive and sustainable development are major and complex tasks.
The major political issues of the future, such as peace, social justice and ecological sustainability, play a central role in the international development policy agenda set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Partnership-based curriculum development, academic exchange and wide-ranging discussions with the public are planned within the framework of the project.
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Project period: 2020-2023
German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ); Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (JLU); Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá (UniAndes); North Western-University in Potchefstroom/Mafikeng (NWU)
Foundations for Peace: Promoting research, teaching and internationalisation of research on peace and the Iraqi conflicts
Iraq is a country that has been ravaged by a multitude of wars and conflicts in an unstable region. The University of Duhok, in the relatively stable northern Iraq (Kurdistan), has pioneered the institutionalisation of peace and conflict research in Iraq. However, due to the difficult local situation, international collaboration has proved challenging. This is where the project comes in, pursuing international cooperation in the field of peace and conflict research, in order to lay the foundations for scientific/academic analysis of the causes and dynamics of the current conflicts in Iraq.
Project period: 2021
Participating entities: University of Duhok, Irak; Prof. Dr. Jotyar M.R. Sedeeq
Political education for a peaceful and sustainable future in Latin America: Alumni in dialogue with science and practice
The project includes a delegation of alumni and other parties from science, political education, civil society and indigenous communities working in Germany for a science-practice dialogue on the issue of "Political Education for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future in Latin America". The focus is on the three future, 21st century challenges: social and economic development, the ecological question, and peace and democracy.
Latin America is of particular relevance to all three thematic blocks. The region also has great potential to positively influence the progress towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But this requires policy reforms that promote development. Their legitimacy and social acceptance is only granted if all social groups are involved in a broad and democratic discussion on the SDGs and possible ways to meet the global targets.
The project offers an exchange on the structures, dynamics and controversies of civic education and the SDGs with a focus on the Andean area of South America. The project's target countries are Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.
Project period: 2021
Prof. em. Dr. Bernd Overwien; Dr. Karl Weber
ColombiaCONNECT – Innovative research network ColombiaCONNECT: Fair and sustainable use of bioresources in a post-conflict society
Colombia is one of the five most megadiverse countries in the world and the sustainable use of its rich biological resources is of utmost importance. Protecting its ecosystems is crucial in the global fight against climate change, which is why ColombiaCONNECT strives to establish an interdisciplinary network of Colombian-German cooperation that connects the fields of biodiversity research, bioeconomy and peacebuilding.
Find out more: https://www.colombiaconnect.org/
Project period: 2020-2023
Justus Liebig University Giessen; German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ) ; Corporacioón CEMarin; Humboldt Institute (Bogotá); Senckenberg Society for Natural Research (Frankfurt); Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME (Department of Bioresources, Giessen); EFTAS Remote Sensing Transfer of Technology (Münster)
The SDGnexus Network is a global community of universities, research centers, and stakeholders committed to promoting the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The SDGnexus Network is a part of the DAAD “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed” program and, as such, it aims to strengthen higher education for enabling effective and innovative contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
The SDGnexus Network has three main objectives:
- Establish common research framework through joint research projects between our network partners.
- Qualify the next generation of scientists as agents of change.
- Promote exchange and collaboration between our network of higher education institutions and extramural actors.
Find out more:: https://www.uni-giessen.de/fbz/zentren/zeu/sdgnexus
Project period: 2020-2024
TIIAME (Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers, Usbekistan); UCA (University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan); UniAndes (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Kolumbien); UNAL (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Kolumbien); UDC (Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador); UASB (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador); Zentrum für internationale Entwicklungs- und Umweltforschung (ZEU) der JLU
Gender-sensitive recommendations for the final report of the Truth Clarification Commission in Colombia
The project is designed to continue the monitoring and feedback on gender mainstreaming in the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (CEV) in the Caribbean region. This mainstreaming began with a project coordinated Universidad de los Andes in 2018 and was subsequently strengthened with a grant from CAPAZ in 2019. The project implemented with the CAPAZ grant focused on Montes de María, a sub-region of the Colombian Caribbean.
It is also intended to contribute specialised knowledge based on which to draft recommendations to be included in the Commission's final report that guarantee the non-repetition of violence against women from an intersectional approach. This must also include the creation of a roadmap to ensure that these recommendations are implemented and enforceable.
By analysing recommendations from other Truth Commissions and their level of implementation, and formulating recommendations to the final report of the Truth Commission in Colombia, the policy paper will provide an understanding of the specific affectations that women have experienced in the Colombian armed conflict and the particularities involved in the process of non-repetition.
- Diana Marcela Gómez Correal, project coordinator. Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Development Studies at Universidad de los Andes. Colombia.
- Juliana González Villamizar, science collaborator for CAPAZ and doctoral student at JLU Giessen.
- Rosario Figari Layús Post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Peace Studies at JLU Giessen.
- Auris Murillo, project researcher. Red de Mujeres del Caribe.
- Celenis Rodríguez, project researcher.