ApS: Territory as a space for peace: governance, education for peace and access to basic services and livelihoods as key elements for development and post-conflict in the Pacific Region

Projet terminé

SDC will support ApS in improving living conditions of rural and ethnic communities in the Pacific Region affected by the armed conflict and natural events with a rights-based approach. The focus of this phase will be on an exit strategy that links humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and development in four departments that were under the influence of the FARC. It will contribute to peacebuilding efforts in Colombia while addressing humanitarian needs in zones where armed violence has increased and state responses have been weak.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Aide humanitaire & RRC
Conflit & fragilité
Nutrition de base
Protection, accès & sécurité
Assainissement d'eau
Prévention des conflits
25.09.2017 - 30.09.2020
CHF  780’000
Contexte The prioritized departments (Chocó, Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Nariño) have been historically affected by the armed conflict. After the signature of the peace agreement with the FARC, there has been a reconfiguration of other illegal armed actors which dispute territorial control and illicit economies (drug trafficking and mining) in areas of this region that were formerly influenced by the FARC. This has caused an intensification of armed violence and great humanitarian impact on ethnic communities (indigenous and afro-descendant). The state response has been insufficient due to operational and financial constraints. In order to advance in peacebuilding, it is necessary to ensure adequate and complementary assistance and to contribute to closing the gap in access to basic services and sustainable livelihoods in these rural areas. The peace agreement sets a unique opportunity to bridge humanitarian and development aid in such region. 
Objectifs Contribute to peace building efforts by improving living conditions of communities affected by the armed conflict and natural events, with a differential (ethnic and gender) approach and rights-based approach in Nariño, Cauca, Valle del Cauca and Chocó
Groupes cibles

Directly 14.900 people (including 6.506 children) from indigenous, afro-descendant and peasant communities of 8 municipalities belonging to 4 departments, whereas 49% are female and 51% male.

4 municipalities where ApS will continue and reinforce processes started in previous phases: Valle del Cauca (Buenaventura), Cauca (Buenos Aires, El Tambo) and Nariño (Tumaco). 4 new municipalities added to this phase: Chocó (municipio del Litoral de San Juan) and Cauca (López de Micay, Timbiquí, Guapi).

Additionally, the project will benefit indirectly to 14.705 people (among habitants of surrounding areas). 49% are female and 51% male. 

Effets à moyen terme

1. Governance is strengthened through community empowerment, participatory territorial planning, close coordination between local authorities and communities, and humanitarian assistance to recent victims of forced displacement (14.900 people, 44% are children).
2. Communities use mechanisms for positive transformation of conflicts, promotion of values of coexistence and community warning systems for monitoring the implementation of peace agreements (765 people, 44% are children).
3. Communities have access to basic services, livelihoods and the recovery of productive systems (510 people, 45% are children).

* Some of the target population will be benefited by different outcomes


Principaux résultats attendus:  

1. Governance (14.900 people, whereas 6.506 are children):
-Communities participate in territorial planning that includes protection mechanisms (14.900 people).
-4 specific actions (addressing health issues, WASH and psychosocial support) are implemented with institutional support (1 of them with a gender approach) as part of territorial planning.
-500 people affected by emergencies receive humanitarian assistance or other form of support (50% are female).

2. Education for peace (765 people, whereas 335 are children):
-Communities use alternative conflict resolution mechanisms (765 people).
-150 people implement 2 peace initiatives that contribute to improve conditions for peace, reconciliation and coexistence at community level.
-A mechanism for monitoring the peace agreement is implemented by communities (765 people).

3. Access to basic services and livelihoods (510 people, whereas 228 are children):
-160 people (2 municipalities) improve living conditions (housing and hygiene habits) reducing health risks.
-300 people (5 municipalities) improve hygiene and sanitation attitudes and practices reducing health risks.
-300 people recover their traditional productive systems (52% are female).

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  


In the 6th phase the Project directly reached 25.388 people (5.940 families) that benefited from improvement of protection mechanisms and access to basic services:
-4 communities developed their own planning documents (349 people).
-8 communities developed 5 contingency plans. 228 people are better prepared to respond to protection risks (violence and natural disasters).
-4 sectorial management plans implemented with participation of communities (1078 people) to solve their needs. They include resources of state institutions and affirmative actions on women.
-1601 people improved living conditions (housing, sanitation, access to water) at household and community levels.
-1505 people have improved conditions of access to drinking water, sewage disposal systems and healthy habits reducing health risks.
-163 public servants improved their knowledge on basic services, law and public policy. 1078 people improved their knowledge of rights.
-928 people (teachers, leaders and students) trained in mine risk education
-Agreements with institutions and trainings in 4 communities that contribute to health prevention and reduction of diseases related to the context (1360 people).
-1430 people have improved their nutrition conditions through projects on food security and recovery of livelihoods.
-518 people benefited from labor inclusion and technical and professional training.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Aide humanitaire
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Autres partenaires
-UNHCR, ICRC, WFP, FAO, UNICEF, Save the Children, NRC, Humanitarian Coordination Teams.
-Donors: AECID, municipal administrations and communities.
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs -Institutional partners: Municipal and departmental administrations, Health and Women Secretariats, National Service for Traineeship (SENA), Ombudsman field offices, the Victims’ Unit (UARIV), Territory Renewal Agency (ART), Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF).
-Community based organizations and Juntas de Acción Comunal (community based decision making committees).
-Community ethnic councils.
-Private sector.
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    780’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    778’649
Phases du projet

Phase 7 25.09.2017 - 30.09.2020   (Completed)

Phase 6 15.09.2014 - 31.03.2017   (Completed) Phase 5 15.09.2013 - 31.03.2015   (Completed) Phase 4 01.02.2012 - 30.09.2013   (Completed)