The project addresses the political, economic, social and criminal realities of municipalities classified as PDETs. Specifically, the project is framed within the implementation of the Peace Agreement in these territories and the means by which various actors – local entities, the central government, civil society and international cooperation – are participating in this process of regional transformation. Given the uncertainty surrounding the future of the post-conflict and in view of the electoral situation, the project also intends to determine the place of peacebuilding in the electoral campaigns and government plans of the candidates for governor and mayor.
Given the centrality of PDETs in the peacebuilding agenda, the project intends to make a political analysis in view of the October 2019 local elections. The objective is to collect qualitative information on the ways in which the PDETs are shaping power relations in the territory. For example, to find out whether the community assemblies led by the Territorial Renewal Agency have created a space for social interaction that can catapult new political leaderships that want to link up with local public entities.
The project also investigates whether the candidates for the local elections are including the proposals made the communities identified as priorities in their government plans or in their speeches. This, given that the success of the implementation of the PDET depends, to a great extent, on the political will of the local entities.
Territorial peace and local elections
University of Marburg
Call 2019, Research Projects