Evaluation of the project with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), on support to transitional justice initiatives in Colombia, 2015-2018.
This assignment was an evaluation of a project with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), on support to transitional justice initiatives in Colombia, 2015-2018. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide inputs to define approaches and priorities for a possible next phase of the project: “Support to transitional justice initiatives that advance accountability in the context of a complex peace process in Colombia”. The aim of this project was to influence the content of the peace agreement, signed in November 2016 between the Government of Colombia and the guerrilla organisation FARC, considering the armed conflict’s victims’ right to truth, justice and reparation and to achieve institutional reforms preventing violent conflict in the future.
The main objective of this evaluation was to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the project and formulate recommendations as an input to upcoming discussions concerning the preparation for a possible new phase of the project.
The evaluators concluded that the activities were highly relevant for the needs and priorities of many involved stakeholders. ICTJ achieved results beyond the ones planned. At impact level ICTJ contributed significantly to the design of Colombia’s transitional justice system. The project’s efficiency was found to be good due to achieved results in time. On sustainability ICTJ’s partners has achieved knowledge and awareness, especially on other transitional justice processes. The evaluators recommended continued support ICTJ. Sweden should make efforts coordinate funding with other donors. A new project phase should focus more on Colombia’ regions affected by the war where implementation of transitional justice measures will be a challenge. Improved gender mainstreaming of the project is also recommended.