Members of the Peace Accords Matrix team, from left to right, Becca Méndez, Madhav Joshi, Jason Quinn, Elise Ditta, David Cortright, Carolina Serrano Idrovo, and Laurel Stone
On September 29, the Kroc Institute Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) team was honored with the University of Notre Dame's Presidential Team Irish Award. The award honors staff teams that exemplify the University's core values on behalf of their department or their university.
The team was recognized during the September 29 Notre Dame football game against Stanford University.
The PAM team provided key research support to the Colombia peace process negotiations in Havana, Cuba. In the final stages of the negotiation process, the project was included in the text of the Colombian peace agreement as the official monitors and verifiers of implementation of the accord.
This is the first time that an academic institution was tasked as a responsible party for a peace agreement implementation process. Additionally, the project has accomplished contemporaneous monitoring of an accord, something which has never been attempted before. To date, the team has published two reports on the status of implementation. Many organizations in Colombia working for peace look to the project for understanding what is happening with the implementation of the peace accord, and the project is well-respected in Colombia.
In providing research, monitoring and implementation support to the Colombian peace process, the PAM team has embodied the University’s core values of teamwork, leadership in excellence, leadership in mission, integrity and accountability.