La Paz en el Terreno (Peace in the Territories) is a platform developed by the teams of Rutas el Conflicto and Colombia 2020, started with the impulse from Fabíola Torres, a fellow of the ICFJ, and the support of FESCOL. It was launched on April 19th, 2018. The platform produces journalistic content and tools with databases and in-depth investigations that allow to measure and monitor the implementation of the Peace Agreement between the FARC ex-guerrilla and the Colombian government in two items: the assassination of social leaders and the reincorporation of ex-combatants. The data is disseminated on the platform, social media and other formats (multimedia, podcast and printed) in order to reach the populations most affected by the conflict.
The database built for the section “Social Leaders” (Líderes Sociales) has collected information about 201 social leaders killed after September 26th, 2016, the day of the signing of the Peace Agreement (actualized by April 5th, 2019). This database makes the crossing between several academic, official, testimonial and journalistic sources and presents it with different possibilities of visualizations combining five filters. It\’s available in this tool numbers and details about deceased leaders, a map with the municipality where they died, the type of organization in which they worked, the situation of the judicial investigation, the gender and the type of leadership, among other relevant data. This database is dynamic and invites citizen participation to complement the information. In addition, the team investigated cases of threatened and assaulted leaders, in order to prepare a register that allows establishing some indicators on their situation.
The second section of the page, “Disarmed life” (Vida sin Armas), shows how is being implemented the process of reincorporation into the society of the ex-combatants of FARC ex-guerrilla, an important issue of the Peace Agreement. Several data visualizations were constructed to explain key issues such as the structural conditions of the 26 places where the FARC members were concentrated in order to demobilize, a census of the ex-combatant population, information about what they are currently doing and how was the process called Early Reincorporation, with their inclusion to the health system and to the national system of registry (which allowed ex-combatants to have an ID).
Data visualizations are a useful tool to measure the pulse of implementation of the Peace Agreement, considering its items related to the reincorporation of former guerrillas and their access to rights (most of the guerrilla´s base was composed of the peasant population, with low levels of schooling and from traditionally excluded communities). In addition, long-term articles were integrated into the platform to contextualize data and to deepen in other relevant topics, such as security, the current challenges of economic reincorporation, among others.