Colombia has been receiving a massive and accelerating inflow of migrants, from Venezuela, with approximately 1.2 million Venezuelans having arrived in Colombia as of September 2018 with the intention to stay. Colombia has taken a leading role in adopting an open borders policy and implementing good practices in the provision of services to migrants and support to host communities, from education to health to employment services and humanitarian aid. Colombia has weathered well the significant terms of trade shock faced over the 2014-2016 period. 

What are the development challenges in Colombia?:

Colombia’s considerable reliance on oil revenues, relatively high poverty and inequality levels, high exposure to natural disaster risk, and a relatively complex political economy represent major challenges to making the Government’s fiscal framework sustainable. At the same time, sustaining growth in the longer run needs smart investments in infrastructure, health, and education without risking fiscal and debt sustainability.

How does Alliance2015 help?:

Ayuda en Acción, in a consortium with ACTED, Helvetas, CESVI and one national NGO from Peru, is implementing since beginning of June 2019 the project “Regional Humanitarian Assistance: A Response to the Venezuelan socioeconomic crisis and its migratory consequences in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru”, co-financed by ECHO. 

During one year, the project aims to increase basic humanitarian support for Venezuelan people suffering from the socio-economic crisis in their home country and the challenges faced when migrating to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. At the same time, the project targets host communities and Colombian returnees. 

In total, 20.000 people will benefit on one hand from actions that provide protection to migrants, i.e information dissemination and psychosocial and legal support, and in the other hand, activities that increase their food security through such as unconditional cash transfers and community soup kitchens.