October 15, 2008
Benetech has greatly contributed to introduce scientific debate into the baseline discussions regarding human rights violations in Colombia. Through professional advisory services and long-term training programs Benetech has sought to ensure a sustainable intervention in the Colombian human rights community and has tried to guarantee installed capacity within local NGOs to conduct complex analysis. One direct benefit of Benetech’s intervention in Colombia has been the process of translation of sophisticated data programming and statistical analysis to a non-technical audience. This audience – mostly human rights workers – is now able to conduct an informed discussion regarding assertions that can and cannot be made with the type of data analysis that is being conducted.
The “numbers debate” around human rights violations in Colombia is highly politicized and full of assertions that do not have technical backing. Benetech’s focus has facilitated the promotion of internal and public debate oriented at producing a better account of what is and what is not happening in terms of human rights violations.
Moreover, partnerships established with NGOs and official entities have permitted a deeper analysis of the data that is produced, primarily through the conduction of comparative statistical exercises. The debates regarding the numbers has not ceased and is not likely to finish any time soon, but Benetech’s technical products have quietly become reference points for the international and academic communities in the country.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
public discussions on reporting on human rights violations in Colombia.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
conduct more tecnical studies on human rights violations and ensure that the results are translated into very simple conclusions for a wide audience.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
being able to tap into technical knowledge of data management and processsing that was beyond my field of knowledge.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
qualified and eager to share the learning experience.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
greatly enhance the understanding of the causes and consequences of violence in situations of grave human rights violations or armed conflict.
Ways to make it better...
a greater audience would have been reached.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
acquiring greater resources to conduct ongoing projects in the field.
One thing I'd also say is that...
it could greatly enhance qualitative understanding of violence and contribute to prove or disprove theories held on the causes and consequences of violence.
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Universidad Externado de Colombia
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Professional with expertise in this field & University Professor in sociology of violence and human rights consultant in Colombia.