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.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Abastecimiento de agua
Saneamiento de agua
Migración en general (aspectos de desarrollo y partenariados)
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.

Objetivos 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.
Grupos destinarios Migrants and their host communities in rural and urban areas of La Guajira
Efectos a medio plazo
  • Access to water and sanitation, electricity, housing, and social infrastructure is improved.

Resultados previstos:  

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

Resultados de las fases anteriores:   N/A

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Ayuda humanitaria
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Institución financiera internacional (IFI)
Sector privado
  • Interamerican Development Bank (other)
  • Sector privado extranjero Norte

Otras contrapartes
UN agencies, (I)NGOs
Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores Donor Coordination Committee; local governments, public and private sectors
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    4’800’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    3’800’000 Presupuesto inclusive contrapartes del proyecto CHF    50’000’000 Total del proyecto desde la primera fase Presupuesto inclusive contrapartes del proyecto CHF   4