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Ensuring Sustainable Peace in Colombia .

Rule of Law and Security Sector Strengthening | Democracy and Governance | Peace, Stability, and Transition | Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
Latin America and the Caribbean

Justice for a Sustainable Peace (JSP)

Project Dates: March 2017 - September 2021
An effective, inclusive, and responsive justice system is essential to Colombia’s peace process, especially in conflict-affected regions.

In 2012, the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) embarked on a peace process, which concluded successfully in 2016 and helped end fifty years of violent conflict. Since signing the peace agreement, the government has had to address the key challenge of ensuring that citizens in conflict-affected regions have access to essential justice services. The USAID Justice for a Sustainable Peace (JSP) activity strengthened the country’s justice system and attended to critical justice needs of the armed conflict’s victims. How effective Colombia’s justice institutions are, however, depends not only on whether they are accessible to citizens but also on whether citizens consider justice institutions legitimate and support them. JSP strengthened citizens’ awareness of their rights and their confidence that justice institutions operate based upon the rule of law. By boosting citizen engagement in justice-related issues and improving the country’s judicial institutions, JSP and its local counterparts ensured that sustainable peace will prevail in Colombia.

Check out this presentation about the activity. You can also take a look at the activity’s YouTube channel and watch the video on the Ellas app below.


cases resolved between 2019 and 2021 with Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in rural municipalities


people assisted in Mobile Justice Brigades


GBV protection measures per case in June 2021 (increased from a baseline of 1 GBV protection measure per case in 2019)

Project Goals

  • Increase access to more effective, inclusive, and responsive justice-related services in conflict-affected regions
  • Strengthen citizen support for rule of law and raise citizens’ awareness of their rights and the justice services available to them
  • Support civil society engagement in policy advocacy, decision-making, and government oversight on justice-related issues
  • Improve judicial responses to victims of the armed conflict
A graphic showing an illustration of a hand holding up a smartphone. Besides the illustration is the text "Reuse and Improve: Colombia Justice for Sustainable Peace."

Living the Principles for Digital Development: Reuse and Improve

In Colombia, the USAID Justice for a Sustainable Peace Activity (JSP) expands and improves the Ellas App, originally created by the Red Nacional de Mujeres, and works to support women and people experiencing gender based violence (GBV)

A close-up image of a person operating a smartphone.

App Draws Attention to Violence Against Women

The Ellas app is an informative app for GBV victims. We will explain how it works, the reason for its creation, and the information it provides.

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