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Human rights

After 50 years of existence, the internal armed conflict in Colombia has had negative effects over the civil population and has conditioned the guaranty and exercise of human rights. Issues such as the recruitment of children, adolescents, and youngsters by illegal armed groups, social exclusion and poverty, limited acknowledge of the need to create protective environments to population facing high risks, and the limited conditions to progress in the efficacy of economic, social, and cultural rights of big significant segments of the population, set out a very important challenge facing human rights.

The Human Rights Program of AC-Colombia seeks to stimulate collective acknowledge at local and regional level of causes associated with violation of human rights and seeks to create a sense of social mutual responsibility to promote, protect, guarantee, be an agent, and social and political vindication of human rights with comprehensive, distinguishing, and transforming approaches.

Thus, AC-Colombia promotes to establish social and institutional agreements and alliances around the guaranty of individual and collective rights of populations under vulnerability conditions. AC-Colombia also promotes the development of strategies of rights promotion and violation prevention by means of the strengthening of institutional, social, family, community, and virtual nets.

Projects Human Rights

Culture, Peace, and Reconciliation

During the last six decades Colombia has suffered the effects of violence as a result of the internal armed conflict. At present the Colombian government carries out a peace negotiation process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC in Spanish), in the middle of an armed confrontation. In spite of important demobilization processes carried out by different illegal armed groups during past years, reintegration to civil life demands significant efforts on behalf of the Colombian society on truth, justice, and victim reparation.

With the present political circumstances, the development of a CULTURE OF PEACE demands a strengthening of values, attitudes, and behaviors in order to solve conflicts using dialogue and negotiation among people.

AC-Colombia has promoted coexistence, reconciliation, and restitution of rights to internal armed conflict victims by developing innovative methodologies to rebuild social tissue of communities affected by violence.

Projects Culture, peace, and reconciliation

Good Governance

The generation of welfare for societies requires, among many things, the acknowledgement and respect of individual, political, social, economical, cultural, and environmental rights, the presence of strong institutions, to put into practice democratic values, the promotion of development based on creation of institutional and social consensus, and optimal facilitating processes for public decision making in order to govern.

To exercise good governance is possible only if institutional and social skills are created with the ability to provide and develop legitimate and efficient spaces for participation, a juridical State, transparency, responsibility, consensus, equity and inclusiveness, institutional efficacy and efficiency, and accountability.

As a contribution to build good governance AC-Colombia works to build tools for improving efficacy of public spending, citizen participation and impact on formulation, design, execution, and control of public policies, social programs and projects as well as promotion of access to information and citizen control over institutional management and public budgets.

Projects Good Governance

Citizens and fiscal control

A growing interest to favor citizen participation on public affairs as a key to guaranty efficiency in public policies and full enjoyment of social, economical, and cultural rights are evidence of the modernization processes on institutions implemented the last two decades in Latin America. Today, most of the countries in the region acknowledge this participation as an essential principle for good governments.

Recently, citizen participation on auditing and social control processes has achieved importance and acknowledgement on behalf of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) members of OLACEFS.

Different experiences in Latin America demonstrate that citizen participation in auditing shows a lot of opportunities to improve institutional control quality and to guaranty effectiveness of public policies that challenge innovation ability of SAI, audited institutions, citizens, and civil organizations.

AC-Colombia makes available to SAI, Governmental institutions, and civic organizations a significant range of tools for promotion of citizen participation in institutional control and accountability.

Projects Citizens and fiscal control