Justice for a Sustainable Peace (JSP)
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.