About us

Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP) is an independent think tank established in 1999 by a group of Colombian businessmen. Our mission is to produce knowledge, propose initiatives, develop practices and support processes to contribute in the construction of a stable and lasting peace in Colombia. Along these lines, FIP aims to understand the unrest existing in the country, by exercising the needed leadership for the mobilization of citizens, government officials and the business sector around the common goal of building a peaceful society.

FIP firmly believes that the Colombian conflict will inevitably conclude with a peace negotiation or a series of negotiations that call for adequate technical assistance. Hence, it draws attention on the importance of preparing the country for a post-conflict settings.

Programmatic areas

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Conflict Dynamics and Peace Negotiations

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Post-conflict and Peacebuilding

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Business, peace and human rights

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Security and Criminal Policy

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Contributions by the Founding Companies have made our institutional endeavor effective. Similarly, for the pursuance of projects, FIP relies on external support from international cooperation, international philanthropic organizations and, agreements made with public and private institutions.

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Informe de Gestión 2015

Nuestro equipo

 

María Victoria Llorente has been for the past 12 years the Director of Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP) the most relevant think tank in Colombia on peace and security issues. Prior to this Ms. Llorente was the director of a citizen security and justice program at Los Andes University. She has also been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the Colombian National Police, the Colombian Ministries of Justice and Interior, the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace and the Office of the Mayor of Bogotá in issues related to peace, citizen security, crime prevention, police reform and drug policy. Ms. Llorente has been designated by the government in several high-level advisory commissions on police reform, criminal justice, drug policy reform and intelligence archives. From 1988 to 1994 she served at the office of the High Commissioner of Peace, the office of the National Defense and Security Adviser, and the office of the Minister of Defense.

 

 

 

María Lucía completed her degrees in anthropology and political science, and an MA in political science at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She also has an MSC in Latin American Studies, which she completed at Oxford University in the UK. Before joining FIP, she served as advisor to the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, where she coordinated the citizen participation team to support the Peace Talks between the Government and FARC. She has broad experience in formulating and assessing citizen participation mechanisms and in research into the role of civil society in peacebuilding. She has worked in prior-consultation proceedings and in relations strategies between businesses and Indigenous and peasant communities, corporate social responsibility in the extractive sector, environmental licensing, and in risk assessments, impact, and opportunities in zones of conflict and weak governance. She has taken part in research projects on Reconciliation, DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration), and Human Rights.

Political scientist Magna Cum Laude from Universidad de los Andes, with a Master's degree (M.A.) in Political Science from the same University and a Master's degree (MSc) in Security Studies from University College London (United Kingdom), where she studied as a Chevening Scholar. Prior to joining FIP, she was an advisor to the Presidential Office for Post-Conflict, Human Rights and Security, where she led the definition of the Business and Peacebuilding Framework, the post-conflict anti-corruption strategy, and the promotion of citizen oversight of the implementation of the Havana Agreements. She has extensive experience in designing and assessing human rights practices and policies in the private sector. She has worked on the implementation of the "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework in the mining sector, and on the design and implementation of corporate social responsibility initiatives aimed at institutional strengthening of public entities, citizen participation, transparency and multi-stakeholder alliances. She has participated in the coordination of human resettlement processes for the extractive industry. She was also an analyst at the National Directorate of Analysis and Contexts at the Attorney General's Office, where she also advised the Office of the Deputy Attorney in the analysis of emblematic historical cases.

 

Jerónimo Castillo Muñoz has developed his career focused on citizen security and the relationship of the private sector with the criminal justice system, serving as researcher and director of government entities and private companies. He was director of Security and Cohabitation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, Director of Criminal and Penitentiary Policy of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice, Manager against Illicit Trade of British American Tobacco Colombia and Director of Corporate Affairs of Diageo Colombia. He has taught and directed research work at Javeriana University and the National University in Bogota. He advanced law studies at the University of the Andes, has a M.A. and was candidate for P.H.D in criminology at the University of Barcelona and Keele University.

 

 

 

Social Communicator and Journalist from Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB); post-graduate studies on Human Rights and Communication at Fundación Henry Dunant (Santiago de Chile). She has worked in written media, initially regional press and subsequently, national and international media where she covered issues linked to armed conflict, Human Rights, the Justice and Peace process with paramilitaries (i.e. Justicia y Paz), and land grabbing and restitution. Consultant for the German GIZ-Profis initiative; the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OEA, by its acronym in Spanish) and FESCOL.

 

Internationalist from Universidad del Rosario and Postgraduate Certificate on International Business Management. Professional experience of more than seven years with emphasis on the education sector’s administrative and financial areas. Active engagement in projects co-funded by public, private, national and international institutions focused on budgetary and administrative management. In September 2013 she was appointed FIP’s Administrative and Finance Head.