Ecuador hosts approximately 135,000 people, mostly Colombians, who need international protection. Most of these refugees lack basic food and shelter. USAID programs improve the livelihoods and food security status of the refugee population and the host Ecuadorian population living in the northern border region. Approximately 55,000 refugees and Ecuadorians have received food assistance since 2008. To mitigate conflict between the refugee and local groups, USAID actively promotes community integration, feeds school children in conflict areas, and empowers communities to resolve their own internal frictions.
Ecuador’s geography makes it highly vulnerable to natural disasters, including flooding, landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) long-term training program for officials and first responders in Ecuador is improving the country’s capacity to effectively respond when disasters strike. As part of preparedness, USAID/OFDA is increasingly focusing efforts in communities and with local and national authorities on reducing vulnerability through warning systems (such as volcano monitoring), bringing attention to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster response, and by identifying risks and approaches to reduce vulnerabilities at the community level.
Last updated: October 11, 2013