N° 149
February 2017

In November 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a revised peace deal after four years of intense negotiations. A new report by NOREF indicates the degree to which innovative concepts and methods were used in these peace negotiations that were not just decisive for the final ratification of the agreement, but could also set a precedent for peace negotiations elsewhere.

It states, for example, that the rights of the victims were the focus of the negotiations, a Gender Subcommission was created, and an implementation plan was prepared long before the agreement was signed. The fact that there was international support, but the negotiations were always under the control of the local actors, and that the civil society played a fundamental role in the peace process are also confirmation of the novelty of the Colombian peace process, allowing it to enjoy the status of a pioneering example.