Howard G. Buffett talks to AOAV about high-impact philanthropy in conflict zones such as Ukraine

In this interview with AOAV’s executive director, Howard G. Buffett, with over two decades at the helm of his foundation, tells us how his focus is on conflict and post-conflict areas, with an emphasis on agriculture and food security.

UK arms exports to Colombia

Colombia: Country overview Colombia is located in northern South America and has a total population of around 50 million; Bogota serves as the capital. Colombia is a presidential democratic republic, and the president is both the head of state and government. Iván Duque was elected the country’s president in August 2018. Colombia has a history […]

In focus: Dr. Carlos Andres Fandino, Valle University

AOAV: Concretely, what do you do at Valle University? Dr. Carlos Andres Fandino: One of our current projects looks into information systems and the collection of data on violence and victims of violence. We also research homicides and other kinds of deaths from different types of violence, while another project is related to indicators of violence. […]

News from AOAV: 18 November 2013

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Colombian town emerges from bloody past, but healing trauma proves elusive

This article, by Anastasia Moloney, is republished with the kind permission of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Along the main square in this town, men chat over beer and billiards to the sound of blaring “Vallenato” folk music. Churchgoers attend afternoon mass and schoolchildren enjoy ice cream in the shade of palm trees. In the surrounding verdant […]

In focus: Alexandra Hernandez, Asesoría de Paz

Alexandra Hernandez is a lawyer, specialised in Administrative Law and Peace Counsellor at the Santiago de Cali Municipality. AOAV: Can you please explain your work? Alexandra Hernandez: The ‘Asesoría de Paz’ of the Cali municipality has three basic functions: One is of social nature, through which we manage the DPS (Department for Social Prosperity) against extreme poverty. […]

Top 100: The most influential journalists covering armed violence

From besieged cities in Syria to American street-corners, and countless other places in between, armed violence continues to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of people a year. It fundamentally reshapes the world we live in. Yet for a vast number of people, violence and conflict are abstractions far removed from their daily realities. […]

In focus: Mario Alberto Quiñones, Coordinator of the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines, North Santander

AOAV: Can you explain what the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines does in your region?  Mario Alberto Quiñones: The Department of North Santander, the Departamento de Norte de Santander, is located approximately 16 hours away from the capital in Eastern Colombia, bordering Venezuela. It has the most active border in Colombia and is one of the four […]

In focus: Ivan Darío Ramírez, Corporación Paz y Democracia in Colombia

AOAV: What does the Peace and Democracy Corporation do? Ivan Darío Ramírez: We have an observatory in Medellín, Colombia, that looks at the impacts that violence and conflict have upon the population. We publish reports, document cases and we also do political incidence with the local government in order for them to assume their own responsibilities […]

Thoughts on violence: Álvaro Jiménez Millán, Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas

AOAV has met Álvaro Jiménez Millán of the Colombian Campaign against Landmines in Bogotá, to discuss the country’s ongoing violent conflict. AOAV:  Can you describe Colombia’s biggest challenges in terms of armed violence? Álvaro Jiménez Millán: Colombia has lived a long conflict. For almost sixty years we have had the presence of non-state armed groups, […]

Teresa Bo

Teresa Bo is a Latin America correspondent for Al Jazeera English. A native Argentinian, she investigates the underside of Argentinian politics and has reported on political corruption and ballot stuffing. She has also carried out major investigations into the ‘war on drugs’ from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. Before joining Al Jazeera, Bo was based in […]

Natalia Springer

Natalia Springer is a Colombian columnist, researcher and political scientist. An expert on Colombia’s internal conflict, she has extensively researched and documented child recruitment into the FARC and other armed groups. In 2012 she conducted an independent study entitled Como corderos entre lobos (Like lambs amongst wolves) to approximate numbers of children soldiers taken on […]