DDG receives accreditation to start work in colombiaThe Danish Demining Group (DDG) is pleased to announce that it has received Phase 1 Accreditation from the Government of Colombia , as a civilian organization for humanitarian demining.
DDG plans to complete the Phase 2 accreditation soon, and is in discussion with the Dirección para la Acción Integral contra Minas Antipersonal (DAICMA) and the Comisión Intersectorial Nacional para la Acción Integral contra Minas Antipersonal (CINAMAP) to confirm which municipalities will be assigned for DDG to work in.
In November 2016, the Colombian government and the non-state armed group the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), signed a peace agreement, bringing to an end more than 50 years of protracted armed conflict. Although positive, there remain serious inter-related issues which need to be addressed. These include the mass internal displacement of over six million Colombians due to the violence, conflict, and land appropriation by armed groups, as well as the endemic housing, land and property (HLP) issues, which are one of the main drivers of conflict in Colombia. The demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration (DDR) process of FARC members is also of concern, along with how the reintegration and participation of demographic groups such as youth and women will be ensured.
Globally, DDG is widely recognized as a provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by mines and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), as well as small arms and light weapons. DDG also implements peacebuilding, conflict mediation and armed violence prevention initiatives, focusing not only on destroying the physical instruments used for violence, but also on building resilience within communities and at the individual level, working to overcome the institutional and social mechanisms that promote violence and strengthening the ones that promote more peaceful and inclusive communities
DDG plans to use its experience operating in some of the most fragile and conflict-affected places in the world to provide a holistic, solutions-based approach in Colombia. Programming will take place along a number of axes, in order to help contribute towards the peace-building process in Colombia. Some of the most pressing areas which require targeted interventions include:
- Supporting the reintegration of ex-combatants in host communities as potential agents for peace;
- The widespread landmine and ERW contamination which affects safe return of IDPs and impinges on productive land use;
- Mistrust between security providers/duty bearers and the civilian population;
- The recruitment of youth into gangs and criminal groups; and,
- The lack of involvement of women in the peace process.