Shaping the future through dialogue in Colombia
In November 2016 the Government of Colombia and the guerrilla movement FARC signed a peace agreement after more than 50 years of armed conflict. Colombia has since been working to create the basis and conditions for lasting peace.
The main challenge: Colombia is the country with the highest number of internally displaced persons in the world. More than seven and a half million Colombians have had to flee violence and destruction since the mid-1980s – often from the countryside to shantytowns on the outskirts of cities. A disproportionately high number of them are of indigenous and Afro-Colombian descent. Competition with local residents for jobs, for example, often leads to violence and mutual discrimination.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is supporting the South American country in improving living conditions for internally displaced persons and host communities. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), it is also consolidating peacebuilding at national, regional and local level.