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December 4, 2017

USAID’s Rural and Economic Development Office (RED) is laying the groundwork for a sustainable peace by strengthening rural producer associations and value chains; increasing rural financial inclusion; promoting equitable and secure land tenure; and strengthening community organizations to help them become more effective advocates for their development priorities and participants in peace implementation.

Colombia is a complex country with many contrasts.  While ranked by the World Bank as an upper-middle income country, half of all rural households still live in poverty.  This is largely due to an armed conflict, lasting more than fifty years, that has devastated rural communities across the country. Despite the optimism surrounding the peace accord, the country will only truly be able to turn the page when various factors are met, including when rural Colombian communities are fully on the path towards inclusive economic growth. 

November 15, 2017

The Magdalena River Basin has historically been exploited to support economic development, resulting in significant environmental deterioration. In addition, the watershed is extremely vulnerable to climate events, as evidenced by the floods caused by La Niña in 2010-2011, which affected over 2.2 million people. Extreme climate events are expected to be stronger and more intense in the future due to climate change.

In this context, USAID and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) implemented the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation in the Magdalena River Basin activity from September 2013 - March 2017.  In order to support the ecosystem’s ability to continue providing key services and benefits to Colombia, the activity was designed to improve the watershed’s resilience and adaptation capacity to climate variability and climate change.

November 15, 2017

As Colombia implements a peace agreement between the FARC and the Government of Colombia, protecting the country’s diverse ecosystems is critical to the peace accord’s long-term success. 

RIO - Reintegration and Prevention of Recruitment (RPR)
October 24, 2017

USAID’s Reintegration and Prevention of Recruitment (RPR) activity supports the GOC in implementing prevention of recruitment strategies, and in providing ex-combatants with the support they need for successful reintegration into Colombian society. 

October 24, 2017

USAID’s Reintegration and Prevention of Recruitment (RPR) activity supports the GOC in implementing prevention of recruitment strategies, and in providing ex-combatants with the support they need for successful reintegration into Colombian society. 

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Last updated: December 04, 2017

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