SPOTLIGHT : REINTEGRATION AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR
The private sector has played an increasingly important role in excombatant reintegration in Colombia since best practices and lessons learned emerged after the 2003-2006 AUC (right-wing
paramilitary) demobilization efforts. While some private enterprise initiatives were promoted in those early years – i.e., small-scale micro enterprise initiatives led by former combatants and funded with state-sponsored seed capital – they met with limited success.
This Spotlight analyzes the past and anticipated roles of the private sector in Colombia’s work with former combatants of illegal armed groups along with three experiences in the Southern Cone of Africa in order to develop global lessons learned and best practices in this domain.