© Peter Porta
© Peter Porta
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.
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During the first year of the fourth phase of the program, we have assisted and accompanied 6,061 people in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. At the regional level, we highlight the effort of the teams in the processes related to the advice and delivery of seed capital, the delivery of humanitarian aid and psychosocial accompaniment to individual, family and/or group cases. In addition, we have managed to increase advocacy and communication spaces throughout the year and maintain educational spaces in the region. And, in general, we have provided spaces for institutional strengthening at the national level and from the regional office for the countries, through the self-care days.
In this project we combine humanitarian assistance (food, health and economic aid), education for peace that promotes conflict prevention and transformation, the construction of safe spaces for community work that achieves social cohesion, and, finally, training and support for work alternatives not only for women, but also for all family units.
In this country, we offer legal and jurisdictional assistance to displaced people and forced migrants. In addition, we offer basic humanitarian care and assistance, with emphasis on food and general assistance, and we support displaced people to have access to health, education, documentation and registration services. We also accompany and train teenagers and young people, in order for them to develop skills that will enable them to act as agents of change in the society.
With the aim to provide integral accompaniment to people in human mobility conditions that are in need of international protection, and to improve their levels of integration in the territories of Ecuador where they have been established, we offer them legal assistance, psychosocial support, training and accompaniment to strengthen their economic inclusion. We also work on the reinforcement of the organizations of people in mobility for them to influence public policies.
The work that we carry out in the regional office of Jesuit Refugee Service – Latin America and Caribbean contributes to the improvement of the lives of more than 18,000 people of the program, through the support to local organizations and the coordination of advocacy and communication actions that are necessary to improve the living conditions of this population. Also, we develop training activities and systematization of the work of the national offices, this work allows us to extract good practices that can be replicated to other projects.
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