Colombia is a unique post-conflict environment, policy analysts say, since its transition to peace has been a long-term, gradual process. Colombia’s status as a middle-income country and one of the strongest economies in Latin America, however, makes some donors hesitant to provide aid.
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development told Devex it does not give bilateral funding to Colombia, and the Netherlands said it is ready to provide technical but not financial assistance for a peace process. The United States has gradually decreased aid to Colombia as the country has bolstered its domestic growth, and many aid organizations have exited the country to focus on lower-income priorities.
Still, there will be “significant new needs for spending” following a peace deal, Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told Devex.
But will these needs be met? Donors will likely be as generous as they can be with a middle-income country, and an increase in aid has always historically followed a peace accord, said Adam Isacson, senior associate for regional security policy at the Washington Office on Latin America.
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