IDB Migration Initiative (Clean drinking water and sanitation program for la Guajira)

Switzerland supports to the newly created Migration Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that was created in support of Latin American and Caribbean migrants and their host communities and accordingly contributes to deter grave development crisis by empowering communities to foster integration and consequently to strengthen stability of the region and Colombia in particular.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Latin America
Water supply
Water sanitation
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)
01.10.2019 - 30.09.2022
CHF  4’800’000

Large and sudden intraregional migration flows became an emerging challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that, if not properly and urgently addressed, will have detrimental mid- and long-term effects on growth, poverty reduction, social inclusion and social and political stability in the region. As the largest source of development finance in LAC, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) wants to step up its support to countries facing high influx of migrants.

The department of La Guajira in Northern Colombia has an acute water deficit, one of the most critical in the country. Rapid population growth, of which migration is an important component (in 2018 alone the department received 107’000 Venezuelan migrants), poses another crucial challenge. Municipalities in La Guajira, some of the poorest in Colombia, are already struggling to expand water and sanitation coverage to meet the needs of the local population.

Funding from SDC will help accelerating the deployment of both physical and institutional investments.

Objectives The development of solutions to address the effects of migration in countries with communities disproportionally affected by large and sudden intraregional migration inflows is accelerated.
Target groups Migrants and their host communities in rural and urban areas of La Guajira
Medium-term outcomes
  • Access to water and sanitation, electricity, housing, and social infrastructure is improved.

Expected results:  

  • Affordable and reliable water and sanitation services are available.
  • Basic sanitation and waste management of solid waste is improved.

Results from previous phases:   N/A

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International Financial Institution (IFI)
Private sector
  • Interamerican Development Bank (other)
  • Foreign private sector North

Other partners
UN agencies, (I)NGOs
Coordination with other projects and actors Donor Coordination Committee; local governments, public and private sectors
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    4’800’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’800’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    50’000’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   4