WHO IS JANNA GREVE?
Janna Greve is a human rights specialist working as a Regional Office Coordinator for MAPP-OEA in Medellin, Colombia, supporting the country’s peace and reconciliation process. Previously, she worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres in North Kivu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Janna has also worked in development cooperation, advisory, research, writing and editing roles in Brazil, India and Germany, with NGOs and other international organizations.
Janna studied Political Science, International Relations, Cultural Anthropology, Jurispudence and International Human Rights Law at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany and at the Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal.
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IN TOR 035 YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
- An update on the Colombian Government efforts to enforce peace through law, starting with the demobilization of paramilitary groups and the current talks with guerrilla groups.
- Janna’s job of monitoring the implementation of the laws in Medellín and Colombia, promoting dialogues between groups and government agencies, and the importance of bringing about truth and historical memory.
- Janna’s traveled career, her early development inspirations, her education and how they have been informing her career.
OUR CONVERSATION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Organization of American States’ Peace Process Support Mission in Colombia
(MAPP-OEA, in Spanish)
- Centro de Memoria Histórica (National Center for Historical Memory, in Spanish)
- Red Cross
- Doctors Without Borders
- Germany Foreign Officer
- Monitoring law implementation by government agencies
- Peace processes
- Demobilization of insurgent groups
- Historical memory
- Social integration of former militia members
- Medellín, capital of the Antioquia department, Colombia
EPISODE CRIB NOTES
1.5 years in Colombia. Medellín regional office.
Monitors implementation of laws related to the guerrilla peace process, paramilitary demobilization.
Janna is focused in Justice Transition when in Medellín. She oversees the bulk of the OEA programs.
Help in institutional implementation, but they do not lead programs.
Talking with all of the actors. Convicted paramilitary members in prison about their future; victims, government officials.
Reviewing core processes, especially from the core agencies: Historical Memory and Reconciliation.
Janna is ready to raise flags if need be. They create spaces for institutions to articulate for the implementations of the new laws.
’04 Paramilitary demobilized by the Justicia y Paz (Justice and Peace) law, but it left many holes. Convicted members have ended or are about to end their prison sentences and their future is unclear, mainly regarding social integration.
Round tables with victims, women and institutions, on issues of gender and policy.
Memory for reconciliation
“Important.” Give a voice to everyone, victims as well as everyone else.
Processes considered an institutional scenario focused on finding the truth.
Information gathered has confidential parts for the protection of victims and the legal processes of convicted members.
The largest public account of historical memory is Basta Ya! (434 pages)
How Janna ended up in Colombia
She always wanted to be in development, “closer to the people.“
She goes back and forth between law, theory, and work in the field.
Always wanted to visit Colombia. “My interest brought me here.“
Not a single career point. Instances of influence at home, during school. Also lots of reading on foreign issues.
Talked with a lot of people when she was abroad (Portugal). Lots of inspiration.
Failure until first success
Had just quit a glamorous editorial job to work in development, took a lot of courses but could not find a job for months. But she stuck with it and finally got it.
Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders recognized her efforts up to this point. Appointed to work in Congo.
“Friends keep me connected to home.” Home is in Germany, she keeps books in Germany. Her friends are interested in her work and Colombia, she feels appreciated.
Organizations demand constant learning, and professionals that keep their information in systems.
On job security and future
Funded by German Foreign Officer. Good benefits but limited to 3 years.
Thinking about creating roots, having a base. Considering options.
Wants to stay on development, peace, social justice. Wants to write but do other things too.
“It’s surprising what can be done without money,” building alliances, promoting communication.
Conflict on Kabul, shooting around them. Janna talks to the night guards before bed, she thinks they will ask her for help or something. Turns out they just wanted to know about the season in Europe. They show her pictures of their families.
“Success depends on how you define it.” Is it working in the field, or climbing up an organization’s ladder.
Do internships, experiments, keep learning, be open to possibilities, travel.
Learn new languages, do courses even if they are online.
“Recognize when you are exhausted.” Take care of yourself.
“Don’t sell yourself too cheaply.“
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