Despite 2016 the Peace Agreement between the Government and the FARC-EP ending decades of civil war and progress in improving economic and social conditions, Colombia continues to face numerous humanitarian challenges.
In some regions of the country, hostilities and armed violence continue, with significant humanitarian impact and protection challenges. More than 400,000 people have been newly displaced since the agreement as a result of conflict. At least 61,000 people have been affected by forced confinement since January. Child recruitment and protection concerns are on the rise.
This situation is further exacerbated by the impact of natural disasters, presence of landmines and unexploded ordnance and, now, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latter has led to an increase in the number of food-insecure people from 3.3 million to over 10 million.
So far in 2020, the humanitarian community in Colombia has provided assistance – including COVID-19 related assistance – to almost a million people. This support provides a lifeline for many communities in remote areas.
Thirty OCHA staff currently work at its Country Office in Bogotá, Sub-Offices in Norte Santander, Chocó, Nariño and Monteria, and within Local Coordination Teams in 10 other departments.
In July 2020, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$5 million for Colombia through the CERF Underfunded Emergencies Window. The funding will be used to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous people in the Amazonas, as well as to the most pressing needs of conflict-affected populations in Nariño and Chocó.
OCHA currently supports a humanitarian coordination architecture consisting of around 120 partners, including UN agencies, national and international NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, civil society, donors and national institutions.