Refresher Course Colombia: Peacebuilding in peri-urban areas in Colombia: nature-based solutions for community resilience

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Country and location:

Bogota, Colombia
Dates2-14 December 2019
Application deadline: 1 October 2019
Local partners: 

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño, Departamento de Estetica

Coordinators: Carolina Lunetta, Alexander Jachnow and Alexandra Tsatsou

Target audience:

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands FellowshIp Programme (NFP) alumni from Colombia and neighbouring OKP/NFP countries. Alumni are allowed to invite colleagues, if well motivated and to a limited extent. This course is aimed at alumni whose current practice is related to the theme of the course. Female participation is strongly encouraged. The participants will be chosen based on their relevant professional backgrounds, strong motivation and high potential of prolonged development impact of the training.


The objective of the course is to enable 20 participants to engage with communities and develop Nature-based solution (NBS) for peacebuilding and community resilience, by:
1) Understanding the concepts of peacebuilding, vulnerability, NBS and community participation
2) Understanding gender-related vulnerability and women’s role in peacebuilding
3) Critically reflecting on the approaches of governmental authorities in relation to risk management
4) Mapping and assessing the vulnerability of informal settlements in peri-urban areas to climate risks such as floods and landslides
5) Mitigating climate risks by promoting NBS-inspired, community-led interventions
6) Preparing an Action Plan following principles of strategic and participatory planning

Course Content:

The 2-weeks course comprises 4 modules, 2 theoretical and 2 practical. The first week is dedicated to theoretical inputs and will take place at Universidad Javeriana. In the second week, the participants will be staying in the case study area, working closely with the community to prepare the Action Plan.

Module 1: Theories of Conflict and Peacebuilding
- The Colombian conflict and peace agreement: territorial consequences; displacement, increased vulnerability of urban peripheries
- The rural dimension of peri-urban areas and conurbation of rural municipalities
- Theories of conflict: social, political, psychological, economic and cultural dimensions of the
phenomenon and application to settlements
- Peacebuilding and gender: political and anthropological dimensions
- International frameworks and case studies of peacebuilding

Module 2: Theories of Vulnerability, Risk and NBS
- Climate change risk management (international frameworks)
- Risk management bottom-up and top-down approaches: resettlement policies and local
adaptation strategies
- Ecosystem services for climate regulation
- NBS: approaches to risk reduction and resilience

Module 3: Tools and Approaches for Building Resilient Communities
- Zooming in to the selected case study area, connecting social to physical space
- Familiarizing with the communities: interviews, gender assessment, evaluating strengths and vulnerabilities
- Community participation in ecosystem services mapping, risk mapping and vulnerability assessment
- International bottom-up initiatives for climate change adaptation

Module 4: Developing an Action Plan for NBS
- Preparing solutions and designs for NBS with the community for the selected area
- Developing strategies and Action Plans for NBS (objectives, targets, stakeholder partnerships, resources, work plan)
- Systemizing principles and outcomes
- Final presentation of the Action Plan to relevant stakeholders

Expected Output:

Building on the knowledge gained in the previous courses, the participants will be better prepared to plan and act strategically in post-conflict situations, aiming at achieving peace in combination with social justice and climate resilience in informal settlements. During the two-week course, the participants will exchange practical and theoretical knowledge among each other and with the local community, and produce specific, tangible outputs.

The outputs are:

  • Participatory risk assessment map for the case study area developed with the local community for community empowerment.
  • Conceptual ideas for the creation of small-scale NBS by the local community, to reduce risks and build resilience.
  • An Action Plan for implementation of the small-scale NBS by a community-based organization (Huertopía) from the case study area (San Cristobal District, Alto Fucha) in collaboration with Arquitectura Expandida, after the completion of the course. The Action Plan will include: SMART objectives, prioritized actions, stakeholder partnerships, resources and budget, timeline, expected outcomes, the impact of the intervention. With regards to stakeholder partnerships, the Action Plan will specifically address the following: peacebuilding process through NBS, community engagement, municipal and stakeholder engagement, and the role of women as peacebuilders and leaders.
  • A guideline for implementing NBS and building resilient communities available to participants’ employing organizations.
  • Back-Home Action Plans (BHAP) developed by each participant in collaboration with their organization, to implement NBS based on the learnings of the course. These plans will be presented in a webinar organized by IHS six months after the end of the course.

Language: All background and course materials will be delivered in Spanish and English.

Admission requirements: A filled-out online application a motivation statement expressing how the course will contribute to one’s professional development, and when applicable the link of past and/or current professional experience and academic research in one or more of the main themes of the course.

Please review the eligibility criteria before completing the application form.

Application deadline: 1 October, 2019

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