Klink, Dennis. (2010) Steuerung in der EU-Entwicklungszusammenarbeit mit Kolumbien: Das Beispiel Segundo Laboratorio de Paz. = Steering in the European development cooperation with Colombia: The example of Segundo Laboratorio de Paz. TAIF Nr. 4/2010. [Working Paper]
In the framework of its strategic partnership with Latin America, the EU plays an important role for Colombia as political actor and as donor of development aid. In contrast to the US-programme Plan Colombia – focusing on military elements – the European approach is based on soft power, whereas Development Cooperation (DC) is an important element of such strategies. For DC activities, however, Colombia represents a highly complex and challenging environment. Most of the parameters undermining sustainable development are closely linked to the internal conflict and its various dimensions. To face the challenges of multidimensionality, the European Commission’s DC strategy for Colombia is centred on the Peace Laboratories (laboratorios de paz). As the major tool for DC in Colombia, the peace laboratories represent a network of governmental as well as non-governmental organisations that are located on different levels aiming to implement sustainable policies effectively. This paper analyses the European Commission’s steering tools in the Second Peace Laboratory and assesses their performance. Based on those results, the European Commission’s role as major steering actor within the programme will be evaluated. To identify steering tools, the classical approach of steering theory developed by Renate Manytz and Fritz W. Scharpf will build the framework of the analysis by categorizing tools in the four major steering strategies regulation, financing, structuring, and informing. Methodologically, the research design focuses on qualitative interviews and observations.
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