Trilemma in Post-Conflcit

The government strategy for the post-conflict

Colombia has created “the fund of funds” that will gather foreign contributions for peace and funnel them to peace building projects. The Colombia in Peace Fund will fall under the responsibility of the recently appointed post-conflict minister, Rafael Pardo, and be a parent fund for a number of other funds with distinct purposes.

Should the government manage the funds or should they focus on creating the right economic and social conditions?

A case for a Private Financial Strategy for the Post-Conflict in Colombia

After two years of consultation, KeenTO builds the case for a dedicated Private Financial Strategy for the Post-Conflict in Colombia. Challenging the current process and opportunities for a more equitable Peace Consolidation process, KeenTo looks at needs and opportunities in the context of new and innovative sources of financing.

Who should receive and who is best positioned to manage the billions of dollars that will be channeled for the post-conflict.

Break through the veil of state sovereignty to support individuals

Our contribution demonstrate that private development aid advances the centrality of human agency rather than state sovereignty as the analytical centerpiece of relationships between donors and recipients.

It does this in two separate but related ways:  by shortening the “long route” between donor & recipient; and by relying on peer-to-peer relationships abetted by the Internet & social media.

The spread of Internet platforms for private aid often enables recipients themselves to identify their own needs and funding amounts.

The wrong in Peace Consolidation

Clarity, measurement and accountability are killers of performance

If, in the simple or complicated peace consolidation contexts, clarity, measurement and subsequent accountability, are needed, the challenges of complexity, chaos and the Disruption Economy make those become lethal.

To help us understand why clarity, measurement and accountability can become counterproductive in today’s post-conflict environment, we look at the work of Yves Morieux. Using the example of the 2003 World Championship 4x100m race: “The fastest team did not win!” claims the BCG partner, proving through his research that, on paper, the intrinsic value of the French individualities was way below the performance of their US counterparts.

Clarity: Clarity is of course needed for people to be truly autonomous and independent. But, in Morieux’s mind, the lack of clarity has also become an excuse for non-performance, a justification for not taking any initiative, a sort of mental laziness. People will hide behind the lack of clarity, as they will use the lack of empowerment (and do their best to avoid being empowered) or communication (ensuring that they do not go and get the info they need)to justify under performance.

Measurement: “There is no metrics on Earth which will give us the answer!” claims Yves… And he is right. In something as simple (compared to your responsibilities of leaders in the Disruption Economy days) as a 4x100m race, what will you try to measure? It is the passion, the generosity, the willingness to take a personal risk to support a colleague and attempting to measure this, will destroy it. An excellent article by Dan Ariely, “in praise of handshake“, suggests that contracts lead to the end of a great relationship whereas trust and relationships (symbolized by the handshake) maintain extraordinary performance.

Accountability: “We pay more attention on knowing who to blame, in case we fail, than in creating the conditions to succeed!” For Morieux, if not well intended, accountability is a sure precursor of the “blame game” that will take place when things go wrong. And as we all know, there is a deeply philosophical say in business: “Shits happens”.