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Colombian Private Sector Commitment in Rural Conflict Areas

Date & Time

Oct. 15, 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Colombia’s private sector has a long history of investing in projects for social inclusion and sustainability.  Now the private sector is deeply engaged in finding and creating business opportunities in rural areas, including those long affected by violence and conflict. 


The U.S. Agency for International Development has established a number of private sector partnerships to advance these Colombian efforts, creating opportunities in the legal economy in support of Colombia’s development objectives and U.S. foreign policy goals.

What “best practices” have emerged from these experiences?  How have efforts to create a fruitful business environment reinforced peace building at the local level?  What more can be done to overcome the enormous challenges of bringing sustainable and inclusive development to formerly neglected rural areas? 


On Monday, October 15, 2018, we discussed these critical issues with leading representatives of the Colombia’s private sector. 

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Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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