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Oscar Gaitan - Sustainable Leadership Fellow from Colombia

Bringing extensive experience with legal reform in Colombia to new challenges facing multi-sector collaboration in policy development

Oscar Gaitan was selected in January 2009 to participate in the Partners for Sustainable Leadership Program from Colombia. Oscar comes to the program from his most recent position as Director of the European Commission’s Justice Project, where he coordinated a national effort to support community dispute resolution mechanisms and reforms to the criminal justice system in Colombia. He is an attorney and expert in community mediation, arbitration and NGO law, and has extensive experience as a trainer and university professor. Oscar is one of the founders and the original Executive Director of the Corporación Razón Pública, and worked previously as an expert on Access to Justice issues for the Corporación Excelencia en la Justicia, and also for the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá Center for Conciliation and Arbitration. Partners is thrilled to have such an experienced professional as the director of the Partners Center in Colombia. Partners Colombia will focus initial efforts on community justice, resolution of labor issues, land conflicts and extractive industry-community relations.

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2013 Annual Report from Partners & PDCI

Last year, the 20 members of PDCI worked with over 86,000 people to improve governance, resolve conflicts, develop vibrant civil society sectors, empower women, youth, and minorities, and promote sustainable development. In our Annual Report, we share stories of our impact across the globe.

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Amb. Mark Bellamy on the Escalation of Political Violence in Africa

From August 4th-6th, 40 heads of state from across Africa met in Washington DC for the Africa Leaders Summit, in which meetings and events focused on the economic importance of the continent. Here, Partners Board Member Amb. Mark Bellamy discusses the risks of political violence in the region amidst such economic growth.

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Youth as Peacemakers in Tribal Yemen

Supporting young men and women in Yemen to realize their potential as conflict mediators, advocates, and community leaders.

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