The FARC guerrilla group has ceased to exist after more than half a century of war in Colombia. The organisation was responsible for the oldest insurgency in the Western hemisphere when it demobilised earlier this year to become a political party. But the Colombian government still faces huge challenges to fulfill the pledges made in the country’s peace deal, especially in backwater regions where illicit economies and organised crime endure.

As the head of the government agency responsible for coordinating development policies and strengthening state presence in former guerrilla bastions, Mariana Escobar is at the frontline of these challenges. This event will discuss the new policy frameworks for post-conflict development and the government’s strategy for building a lasting peace.

Mariana Escobar is the General Director of the Colombian Agency for Territorial Renewal (ART). She has the key task of reactivating conflict affected rural areas of Colombia, with the goal of rebuilding local governance. She has served as Deputy General Director of the Colombian National Planning Department (DNP) and Deputy General Director of the Colombian Department for Social Prosperity (DPS). Dr Escobar has also led programmes for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Presidency of Colombia.

To RSVP, please send an email to Anais Auvray.

This event will be chaired by Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS. It will take place in the Trafalgar Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG*.

Please join us for tea and coffee from 5pm.

*All first time visitors to Arundel House are required to provide photographic ID (Passport, European ID card or Driver's Licence) and have their photograph taken upon arrival. This will be stored on our security system to streamline access on future visits. If you would prefer that your details are not stored, please inform reception as you exit the building. Photographic ID will be required again on your next visit to IISS.


Antonio Sampaio

Antonio Sampaio

Antônio Sampaio examines security and developmental trends in urban areas. In particular, he looks at the relationship between armed violence and socio-economic development in the large urban centres of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. He conducts research and consultancy on these issues, and on criminal violence trends in Mexico, Central America and Brazil.

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Event details

Thursday 30 November, 5.30–6.30pm GMT
Arundel House, London
Dr Mariana Escobar, General Director of the Colombian Agency for Territorial Renewal (ART)
Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS