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UEL academics win grant to research Colombia’s historic peace deal

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Professor Chandra Sriram and Sally Holt will begin two-year project in January

Two University of East London (UEL) academics have received a grant to research Colombia’s attempts to create a more peaceful society, just as its government signs a historic agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). 

Professor Chandra Sriram and Sally Holt from UEL’s Centre on Human Rights in Conflict were awarded the grant by the Folke Bernadotte Academy – the Swedish government’s agency for peace, security and development.

Professor Sriram said: “The grant is to conduct research in Colombia on efforts at accountability and peace, focusing on rule of law, gender, and land rights. The two-year project will begin in January 2017 and develop academic findings and policy recommendations.”

The grant comes just as the Colombian government has moved to end a 52-year conflict with FARC, which has resulted in the deaths more than 220,000 people and driven almost 8 million from their homes. 

The revised peace agreement, signed on 24 November, follows four years of talks between the rebels and the government. 

The Academy, named after Count Folke Bernadotte, the first United Nations mediator, supports international peace-building and state-building in conflict and post-conflict countries.