"Week for Peace" Dialogue
The Week for Peace began in 1987, and has been conducted annually since then. It is a scenario that seeks to make visible and share the efforts, proposals and experiences of thousands of people working towards the achievement of peace, the transformation of conflict and the promotion of initiatives to dignify life. Every year, Week for Peace adopts a central motto or idea, taking into account the situation in which it is celebrated, with the active participation of indigenous people, rural populations, unions, women, youth, victims' organizations, religious groups, universities, human rights movements and other institutions. Although the initiative was created within the Peace Program of the Society of Jesus, when REDEPAZ (the Network of Citizen Initiatives for Peace and against War) was organized in 1993, it was asked to take on the task of organizing the Week of Peace. Since then, it has been carried out together with the Social Pastoral Secretariat of the Catholic Episcopal Conference. The original idea of the Week for Peace was to promote and maintain in Colombian society the efforts for a political solution to the internal armed conflict, and to encourage the construction of peace from society's side, starting from the municipalities and regions.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- citizens civil society
- democratic innovation yields no decision