KAAD offers a series of seminars (duration between three and four days), some of which a directed to the entire community of scholarship holders and others are mainly addressed to the different continental groups. Themes of these events center around issues of development policies and religious topics. Usually specialists from different areas, such as science, politics, society, and Church are invited as speakers.

These seminars form an integral part of our sponsorship programs throughout the time scholarship holders spend in Germany. Seminars shall also prepare the ground for students’ professional re-integration at home.

Another key-aspect of KAAD educational work represent academies and seminars which take place abroad. These regularly scheduled events are co-organized by the Bonn office and regional and local partners.


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Marcela Bustamante Torres (Colombia)

Marcela Bustamante studied Law in her hometown of Bogotá. Before going to Germany, she practiced law in Colombia and was involved in a number of research projects. Supported by a KAAD-scholarship she completed the master program "Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies" at the Freie Universität Berlin between 2006 and 2008. Following professional activities in Washington D.C. and Lima (Peru) she returned to Bogota in 2012, where she now works for the "Defensoría del Pueblo de Colombia" - a government institution which operates autonomously in the field of defending and promoting human rights.

She is also one of the organizers of the  congress "Paz y Justicia Reconciliación Tradicional" we have planned for the month of February 2016 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. During that event our alumni plan to establish a KAAD-network of lawyers and political scientists in Latin America.

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