TNI Drugs & Conflict Debate Paper 7, June 2003 - One of the greatest challenges in Colombia today is how to meet alternative development objectives in the midst of war. In theatres of conflict, the debate centres not simply on the economic sphere, but on whether alternative development helps to create conditions in which human life and freedom are respected; whether local powers are truly exercising good governance; and the extent to which communities are being strengthened, people's possibilities for participation are increased and democracy is enhanced.