The joint work between Inditex, JRS LAC and Entreculturas began in 2009 with a three-year program aimed at tackling the situation of displaced persons and refugees in Colombia and its borders (Panama, Ecuador and Venezuela), mainly to give an answer to the situation provoked by the armed conflict.
The success of this program and the persistence of the conflict in Colombia led to its continuity with a second and third program (during 2012-2015 and 2015-2018), that ended in August 2018.
As a follow-up to these programs, the present document makes a fourth proposal for the period 2018 – 2021, considering, on the one hand, the current context of Colombia, which is characterized by the beginning of the implementation of the Peace Accords between the National Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP in a polarized country where violence is taking new forms but not being reduced and, on the other hand, the worsening of the political and economic situation in Venezuela, which is putting a large number of people in a situation of extreme vulnerability and social risk, both within and outside the borders of Venezuela.
In order to design this proposal, the recommendations derived from the evaluation of Programs I, II and III have been taken into account. The program seeks, on the one hand, to rethink some key aspects to improve the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and results of the program, and, on the other hand, to strategically address the new migratory dynamics that exist in the region.
During the first two years of the program we assisted 8,299 people. In this time, we have promoted the social and employment integration and food security of the beneficiaries, offered legal aid to help them access their rights, and have assured the educational access, continuance, and academic certification of displaced and refugee children.
It includes legal, psychosocial, humanitarian and livelihood support, which, not only gives an answer to the immediate needs of the person, but also allows them to transform their living conditions.
The focus of this line of work is education for peace, reconciliation and the prevention of violence, both in schools and in the host communities where the people in situations of forced mobility live.
Following the evaluation of Inditex latest program, recommendations were made regarding the management of the organization’s human resources, advocacy and communication strategies, especially at the national and regional levels. In response to these recommendations, two transversal lines were included in the new program. They seek to strengthen capacities and institutional conditions while implementing the project.
Under the Integral Humanitarian Action line, priority will be given to women in vulnerable situations, mainly pregnant and/or breastfeeding women. Livelihoods will prioritize the accompaniment and delivery of seed funding for self-employment to women that are head of family. Sixty per cent of the people accompanied on the education line will be women. And in the area of institutional strengthening, progress will be made in the plans and main services of each of the JRS offices in the region to ensure that team and the services offered to the community is sensitized and prepared to accompany and offer protection.
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