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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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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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In Memoriam- Amb. Samuel Lewis

Partners would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ambassador Samuel W. Lewis. Sam served on our board for 14 years and was a big part of our growth and success. He was always a voice for caution and realism and made us think about our work and programs critically. He will be missed greatly.

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