Colombia

Le priorità tematiche della DSC in Colombia vertono sulla fornitura di servizi di base, sulla protezione delle vittime del conflitto, ma anche sull'accesso all'acqua, alla gestione e al risanamento idrico.

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Nel 2012, il Governo colombiano ha annunciato l'avvio di negoziati per mettere fine al conflitto con i guerriglieri delle Forze armate rivoluzionarie di Colombia (FARC). Il processo ha dato adito all'adozione d’iniziative legislative come la legge per la restituzione delle terre alle vittime del conflitto. I negoziati hanno suscitato un'eco positiva a livello nazionale e internazionale, ma vi sono ambienti che ancora vi si oppongono e la violenza organizzata rimane un tema d'attualità nel Paese. Le attività della DSC si concentrano principalmente sulla preoccupante situazione umanitaria delle vittime del conflitto. La sua strategia generale mira ad accompagnare i processi per superare il conflitto armato e sostenere la riconciliazione. Si fonda su varie modalità di cooperazione, come il partenariato bilaterale e multilaterale e gli interventi diretti.

Aiuto umanitario

Servizi di base per la popolazione vittima del conflitto

L'aiuto umanitario d'emergenza soddisfa i bisogni elementari delle popolazioni colpite dal conflitto, cercando di garantire, in particolare, l'accesso all'acqua potabile, la sicurezza alimentare e le cure di base. In questo modo è possibile offrire i mezzi di sussistenza necessari alle popolazioni vulnerabili, consolidare le loro capacità istituzionali od organizzative per permettere loro di partecipare ai processi di riconciliazione. La DSC è particolarmente attiva a livello rurale.

Aiuto Umanitario

Governance fondiaria

Protezione delle vittime del conflitto: processo di restituzione delle terre

Adottata nel 2011, la legge sulle vittime e sulla restituzione delle terre prevede vari meccanismi di protezione in favore della popolazione civile. Questi meccanismi si ispirano all'approccio «Do no harm» («Non nuocere»), che vigila affinché l'aiuto fornito non diventi una fonte di conflitto supplementare tra le parti. Concretamente, questo approccio è articolato in tre punti:

  • il consolidamento istituzionale;
  • lo sviluppo delle capacità individuali;
  • la gestione delle conoscenze.

Il Ministero dell'agricoltura colombiano è incaricato di applicare la legge conformemente a questo approccio, con il sostegno tecnico dell'Università nazionale di Colombia e l'organizzazione americana «CDA-Collaborative Learning Projects».

Impegno in contesti fragili e prevenzione di conflitti armati

Acqua

Garantire l'accesso all'acqua per le popolazioni vulnerabili, migliorare il risanamento e la gestione idrica.

La popolazione, in particolare quella nelle regioni rurali, ha diritto a un accesso durevole all'acqua. Al contempo occorre anche garantire il risanamento idrico. Nel quadro di un partenariato pubblico-privato, imprese svizzere e colombiane hanno svolto ricerche sul consumo di acqua delle economie domestiche. I risultati di questi studi hanno permesso di avviare un progetto pilota per promuovere una migliore gestione dell'acqua. Le conoscenze acquisite nella realizzazione del progetto pilota hanno permesso di lanciare, nel 2012, una seconda fase a cui partecipano sette grandi imprese colombiane. Il progetto è coordinato dal Centro nazionale per una produzione più pulita (CNPP).

L’acqua

Storia della cooperazione

Dall'aiuto umanitario al sostegno della transizione

Nel 2001, la DSC ha aperto un ufficio a Bogotà e avviato un programma umanitario per migliorare le condizioni di vita delle vittime del conflitto armato. Dal 2009, la Colombia fa parte dei Paesi prioritari per la DSC.

Progetti attuali

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SDC Education Fund

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020

As part of its increased commitment for Education and of the implementation of SDC’s Education Strategy, the SDC launches an Education Fund in order to incentivize innovation and the application of new approaches in basic education/vocational skills development and through educational activities across sectors. Innovation can have a catalytic effect on the effectiveness of programmes in and through education. Education is a core enabler for sustainable development and is an important lever in Switzerland’s commitment to promote human and economic development, peace and stability. 


Comprehensive Mine Action in Algeciras

24.11.2018 - 23.03.2020

SDC will continue supporting the clearance of antipersonnel mines explosive/unexploded ordnances/ improvised explosive devices in the municipality of Algeciras (Huila), as part of the implementation of the peace accord with the FARC-EP. This project aims to protect highly affected communities by the armed conflict and create conditions for socioeconomic and territorial development in a zone where the FARC-EP had a historic presence. This contribution will address a key issue for a sustainable peace in Colombia. It will also strengthen Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM), which is the first and the strongest Colombian association accredited for humanitarian demining.


Strengthening spaces for the protection and participation of children affected by conflict and armed violence in Tumaco

01.11.2018 - 30.04.2020

After the sign of the peace agreement with the FARC, new dynamics of violence have raised in the territories. The expansion and reconfiguration of the non-state armed groups, post-demobilization armed groups, dissidents and other armed groups have increased the humanitarian impact, particularly in rural areas. The deterioration of humanitarian indicators since 2016 evidences the need to continue with the humanitarian response and the protection initiatives, particularly for vulnerable populations such as boys, girls, adolescents and youth as well as afro and indigenous communities.


Mental Health Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina

01.03.2018 - 28.02.2022

The project supports the health authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop a sustainable system of community-based mental health care which provides quality services for persons with mental health problems and takes measures to reduce risks of development of such problems among the population. The respect of human rights and dignity of women and men with mental health disorders, their families and of those at risk of developing such disorders shall be improved as well as social inclusion and quality of life of these persons.


Scaling up of the comprehensive model of water and sanitation for promotion of territorial peace to rural areas of 6 departments of the country (ASIR-SABA)

06.02.2018 - 30.04.2020

SDC will continue, on one hand, supporting the implementation of the institutional strengthening plans in Valle and Cauca in order to guarantee the closing of processes that initiated during the phase 1. On the other hand, the scaling-up of the technical assistance model proposed by SABA will start in la Guajira, Boyacá, Antioquia and Nariño. This project aims to contribute to peacebuilding in rural territories though improving the quality of life of the rural population, through differential schemes that allow sustainable management for the provision of water and sanitation (W & S).


Strenghtening local communities and public officials’ capacities to manage conflicts over land and territories in seven departments in Colombia

15.07.2017 - 14.11.2019

SDC has supported the implementation of Land Restitution Policy throughout institutional strengthening and context analysis by applying situational approach. Due to the land restitution process’ ongoing challenges and the requirements of the Peace Agreement (with FARC), the partners have identified the necessity to work directly with rural communities and territorial authorities to develop their capacities to manage conflicts over land, and integrate into the strategy articulated actions between the local population, the authorities and the academy for the land policy’s future in Colombia. 


RNEC: provide legal identity for vulnerable people located in areas of FARC Demobilization

15.06.2017 - 31.10.2020

SDC will support the National Institution for the Registry of Civil Status (Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil RNEC in Spanish) in the process of registration of vulnerable population located in areas where the demobilization of FARC will be carried out. Access to legal registration is a measure of protection of communities at risk or affected by armed conflict, and will also allow access to other basic and social services, such as health and education.


NRC: Protection, humanitarian assistance and durable solutions for people affected by the armed conflict in Chocó and by the humanitarian crisis on the border Colombia-Venezuela

15.06.2017 - 31.12.2019

SDC will support NRC in reducing the vulnerability of the population affected by the ongoing armed conflict in Chocó and by the humanitarian crisis on the border Colombia-Venezuela. On one hand, responding to the impacts as a result of the prolonged crisis within Venezuela, the population is expected to develop the capacity to identify protection risks and strategies to mitigate them. On the other hand, as for the internal situation in Chocó in the frame of the victims’ reparation, the project seeks to promote their active participation in processes addressed to implement durable solutions.


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

01.04.2017 - 31.12.2019

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.


Protection of children and youth affected by armed violence and/or natural disasters, in the municipalities of Tierralta and Puerto Libertador (Córdoba)

15.02.2017 - 14.02.2020

The history of Colombia has been strongly affected by the omnipresence of armed conflict and violence. Even with the implementation of the peace agreement with the FARC, armed violence is expected to persist due to the presence of other non-state armed actors, especially in peripheral regions and poor urban areas. Several regions will remain affected by violence and human rights violations (i.e. social control by armed groups, limitation on mobility and access, use and recruitment of minors, sexual gender-based violence, threats, extortions), which requires protection and preventive actions for the affected populations. In addition, in rural and urban areas of Córdoba, the access to safe water and sanitation services is limited due to absence of state actors, which increase the vulnerability of the population.


Croatian Swiss Research Programme (CSRP)

01.01.2017 - 31.07.2023

Through the Croatian Swiss Research Programme, Switzerland contributes to enhancing the Croatian scientific competitiveness. By strengthening capacities in research, the Croatian academic partners shall increasingly be interlinked in the international research community. Further, the joint research activities provide findings that are beneficial for society and politics.


SuizAgua América Latina - El Agua nos Une

Fabbricato - Impianto industriale di trattamento e riutilizzo delle acque

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020

Water management being one of the main challenges of the 21st century, the generation of knowledge to make decisions and collaboration between different sectors; are the axis of the present and future well-being of humanity. The initiative “El Agua Nos Une” articulates the work of public institutions, business associations and research organisations. It aims at: i) scaling corporate water stewardship in Colombia; ii) strengthening knowledge on water uses, particularly in the agricultural sector; iii) contributing to the national water quality and quantity monitoring program; iv) developing an investment scheme in ecosystem services; and; v) facilitating a community of practice on water footprint and corporate water management in Latin America

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