For Colombia, peace brings development imperative and an end to donor funds

Donors want a success story, and Colombia is offering — the likely end of a 50-year-old conflict between the government and guerrilla group FARC. Yet a peace deal also raises the bar for development projects, promising vast improvements in the rural areas. Already stretched from global crises, international support is likely to dry up quickly, leaving the Colombian government on its own to secure peace. Is it up to the task?

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  • Elizabeth Dickinson

    Elizabeth Dickinson is a former associate editor at Devex. Based in the Middle East, she has previously served as Gulf correspondent for The National, assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy, and Nigeria correspondent at The Economist. Her writing also appeared in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Politico Magazine, and Newsweek, among others.

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