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F.a: Defence of the Territory and Peace Building in Colombia


01/18 - 12/18


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As a result of over 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia is one of the most unequal societies in the world with over 5 million internally displaced persons. The Lutheran World Federations Colombia program aims at responding to the challenges caused by the armed conflict, natural disasters and internal displacement in the departments of Choco and Arauca where majority of the population are indigenous people and Afro Colombians. The program strengthens the communities in the program areas by protecting human rights defenders and promoting land rights. Food security and food sovereignty is strengthened by promoting organic cultivation, sustainable crops and improved cultivation technics. New livelihoods are identified and developed. Advocacy is done directly an d through networks and partner organisations in local, national and international level, in order to raise awareness of the human rights situation in Colombia. Local partner networks are strengthened through trainings, seminars and workshops. Disaster prep aredness and risk management are improved by trainings to communities and leaders of organizations. Expected results include: Strategies and policies of the central actors promote the protection of livelihoods and environment. Population in the program are as, particularly women, participate actively to community-based peace building and reconciliation, enhancing inclusive social processes and reducing violence and conflicts. The program is implemented by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) - Department for World Service (DWS). DWS is an internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation.

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