COLOMBIA: Building Places for Peace to Grow


How to build hope in a war-torn region where "every Colombian alive has suffered violence"? Sociologist James Geraldo Lamb profiles Colombian politician Sergio Fajardo's mission to restore peace to his country.

“Buildings can embody dignity.” In this simple statement, Sergio Fajardo, former mayor of Medellín and governor of Antioquia Province in Colombia, summed up a central tenant of his progressive vision of governance. It is this focus on dignity and hope, exemplified in what he described as “the most beautiful places for the most humble people,” that unifies Fajardo’s ideas on education, infrastructure, development, and the role of the state in supporting peace in Colombia...

James Gerardo Lamb
Publication date: 
August 17, 2016
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article