EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

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Latest event

Title Diaspora participation in Colombia’s Truth Commission
Date 9 July 2020
Time 14:00 – 15:00
Venue online


The Colombian Truth Commission was established in 2019 to respond to the rights of over 8 million people who the State acknowledges to be victims of the armed conflict. Thousands of these victims fled the country and are now living in Europe.

The Truth Commission has an unprecedented mandate of engaging with the diaspora and create options for participating in the design and interpretation of their research. Victims organisations and European support networks today join efforts in 15 hubs in 10 different countries, and 70 people have been trained to interview victims and collect their testimony.

EPLO member organisation the International Catalan Institute of Peace (ICIP) has been tasked by the Truth Commission to act as its technical secretariat in Europe and to facilitate different forms of victims’ participation. This experience is likely to inspire innovative forms of diaspora participation in future peace processes elsewhere.

In this virtual Brown Bag Lunch discussion, ICIP’s Director Kristian Herbolzheimer and the coordinator of the working group on psychosocial healing Helga Flamtermesky (who is also the lead convenor of Diaspora Woman) will share the developments and learning from this innovative peacebuilding approach.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


14/02/2020: Peace and conflict dynamics in the Central African Republic: which opportunities for engagement? (Mark Hoover is a Stabilisation Advisor with the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations)

05/02/2020: Preventing violent extremism in Tunisia:  What lessons for European engagement? (Bouraoui Ouni, Search for Common Ground)


28/01/2020: Rethinking the role of non-state actors in war-to-peace transitions: The case of post-conflict Liberia (Dr Christine Cheng, King’s College London)

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