Lines of Research


CAPAZ has defined three lines of research to be pursued as a means of fulfilling its mission:


Peacebuilding practices

This area investigates the dynamics of practical actions implemented by different institutional and civil society actors, so as to contribute to peacebuilding, especially those based in Colombia’s different regions. Particular emphasis will be placed on issues of peace education and historical memory.


Transitional Justice and Human Rights

This area focuses on researching the design, implementation and monitoring of the legal and institutional mechanisms required for the definitive end of the Colombian armed conflict and the maximum satisfaction of victims’ rights.


Peace, conflict, and territorial reconfigurations

This area of research analyses power relations and struggles around the territory, which result in different types of conflicts that influence the escalation of violence and lead to socio-economic inequalities. To this end, the purpose of this area is to explain the reconfiguration of the interests of the different actors involved in building stable and lasting peace in Colombia, incorporating the territory as a fundamental axis in the articulation of the conflicts.





Thanks to the work with local communities, the following projects have a direct impact on Colombia’s regions, especially those most affected by the armed conflict. The projects are financed directly by CAPAZ or other sources of cooperation and implemented by CAPAZ, its founding and associate members, and other institutions or organisations.

Call 2019
Other Projects

Exploratory Studies


The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ supports exploratory studies that -based within different topics and disciplines- approach peacebuilding and the establishment of a society in transition in Colombia.


Exploratory studies serve to identify future research topics to be explored by German and Colombian institutions, and to strengthen the relationships between universities and research centres of the two countries. This will allow them to formulate more structured projects to obtain resources from other research-funding sources.


CAPAZ uses its exploratory studies to promote the creation, dissemination, and exchange of academic knowledge, to open educational spaces, and develop advisory services that contribute to peacebuilding in Colombia.


The Institute opens annual calls to fund these studies, and thereby to promote the creation of research groups integrating German and Colombian researchers.


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Call 2018
Call 2017