They create journalism on the terms of women in Colombia

Laura Gil is a program consultant for International Media Support's 1325 program in Colombia, which will challenge gender stereotypes and portray people whose voices are rarely heard in the media. Photographer: Holman Salgado.

Of: Agnes Von Unge

This year, the Nobel Peace Prize drew attention to the connection between journalism and peace. The international organization International Media Support shows through its activities around the world that this connection extends beyond just the fight for freedom of expression. In Colombia, they have an ongoing program to make women feel fairly represented in the media. There, women are not only interviewed for articles - they are also part of the editorial staff.

November 17, 2021, Interview

The Unintended Consequences of the Colombian Peace Agreement

Deforestation and violence aimed at those protecting the environment have increased in the post-conflict period following the 2016 permanent ceasefire agreement in Colombia. Photo: Katie Rodriguez / Unsplash

Of: Eleonora Moen

Deforestation is harmful in tropical areas, and most of the tropical regions of the world are located in conflict-ridden countries. Thus there is an often unexplored relationship between deforestation and conflict zones. In the case of Colombia, the peace process has led to an increase in deforestation, as well as an increase in violence on those who aim to protect the environment.

June 23, 2021, Long read, Magazine

Colombian Peace Process under Threat

Uncertainty surrounds the implementation of Colombia's peace agreement following the election of the new government.
Photo: Leonfhl: / Flickr

Of: Aarne Hakomäki

In 2016 the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached a historic peace agreement. Over four years later the peace stands on uncertain ground, as new political leaders fail to embrace it.

June 22, 2021, Long read, Magazine

Colombian protests against government

Human Rights Defenders and ESMAD police in Medellín. Colombian national protests have been going on since April. Photo: Humano Salvaje, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Of: María Alejandra Moreno Jaramillo

In April the biggest protests in the modern history of Colombia took place. Since then there have been over 3000 cases of police brutality and 43 victims of homicides committed by the police. People protest against a whole system that does not protect life but privatizes and sectorizes it. Finding peace is something that can not wait any longer. Action needs to be taken now, argues María Alejandra Moreno Jaramillo, project leader for Multicultural Sweden.

May 28, 2021, Magazine, Opinion

Sweden extends development cooperation with Colombia - no focus on the drug problem

The Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the guerrilla group FARC in 2016, but violence and drug production have not decreased. Photo: Presidencia El Salvador, Flickr.

Of: Jennie Aradszky

Colombia has extensive problems with violence and organized crime, largely linked to international drug trafficking. The outside world is a direct contributor to these problems and in Sweden it is currently being debated whether bans are an effective drug policy. The Swedish government has extended its development cooperation with Colombia, but the serious threat posed by the illegal drug market is not mentioned in the strategy.

May 28, 2021, Analysis

Campesino struggle for rights in post conflict Colombia

For generations people have been farming the harsh lands in Sumapaz, Colombia. Photo: Nellie Banestig.

Of: Nellie Banestig

Caught between two opposing sides of an armed conflict, campesinos, the farmers of Sumapaz in rural Colombia, have had to face adversity for decades. After the 2016 peace treaty signing between the Colombian state and the FARC guerrillas, things began to improve yet the effects of the conflict are still being felt by many civilians. Campesinos livelihoods are still threatened, as is the strong cultural identity tied to that livelihood. This begs the question; is peace in effect for all of Colombia?

February 25, 2021, Chronicle, Guest piece, Magazine

Military abuses create questions about Sweden's support for Colombia

Confidence in the Colombian military is weak in Colombia. It complicates the peace process, the debater writes. Photo: Piqsels

Of: Mimmi Clase Hagman

In late June, seven Colombian soldiers abducted and raped an 11-year-old girl from the indigenous people of Emberá-Chamí. This cruel event raises questions about how Sweden - which is a major donor to the ongoing peace process - should relate to developments in Colombia. It writes master's student Mimmi Clase Hagman.

July 7, 2020, Debate

Colombian peace is threatened by Swedish meat consumption

When we eat beef in Sweden, it affects the possibilities for a lasting peace in Colombia, says researcher Jairo Restrepo.

Of: Lydia Källberg Normark

There is a link between Swedish meat consumption and a lack of security in Colombia. That is the opinion of Colombian researcher Jairo Restrepo. The global food system with a focus on exports and large-scale is in the way of a fair distribution of resources - and thus a sustainable peace in Colombia.

January 16, 2020, Interview

Debaters question Sweden's cooperation with dubious democracies

Following last week's elections in Bolivia, President Evo Morales is accused of electoral fraud. Several liberal debaters are demanding that aid to the country be stopped. Photo: Sebastian Baryli, Flickr

Of: Sara Haid

During the week, several debaters have expressed concern about Sweden's cooperation with states that do not respect human rights and democracy. Swedish arms exports to Colombia, aid to Bolivia and trade agreements with Cuba. There are some issues that have been debated. 

October 30, 2019, Current debate

Peace in Colombia in danger - Sweden must act

Fields in Colombia.

Peace in Colombia is fragile after new armed groups have emerged in different parts of the country. Photo: Niel Palmer (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: William Martinez

It has now been two years since the peace agreement was signed between the Colombian state and the guerrilla group FARC. But peace is threatened by new armed groups. Sweden - which has played an important role in the peace process - must now take an active role in making the peace agreement a reality, writes William Martínez in the Colombian network.

November 19, 2018, Debate