The armed conflict in Colombia has produced 5.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), more than 7 million victims and more than 220,000 deaths. More than 56,000 people
were displaced by armed groups in the first half of 2017: 16% more people displaced compared to the same period in 2016.
Within this context, the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) – US Department of State and Mercy Corps continue to offer solutions to provide humanitarian assistance and develop the capacity of local government to manage humanitarian assistance and durable solutions.
In 2017 and 2018, Mercy Corps is working in 17 municipalities of Antioquia (Turbo and Apartadó), Cauca (Patía, Algeria, Bolívar, El Tambo, Mercaderes, Piedmont) and Putumayo (Mocoa, Puerto Asís, Puerto Caicedo, Puerto Leguízamo, Orito , San Miguel, Valle del Guamuez and Villagarzón and Puerto Guzmán) with the Colombian Government Victims Unit and civil society to complement the provision of integral humanitarian for 6,400 IDPs and vulnerable people in the phases of immediate and emergency care. This program also places IDPs and victims on a pathway of durable solutions for further socioeconomic integration.
The Integral Humanitarian Assistance program - BPRM XII components are: capacity building for local government institutions and civil society organizations; ihumanitarian assistance through cash transfers; legal orientation to help and facilitate processes in the exercising IDPs rights; psychosocial support; Prevention of Gender-Based Violence (GBV): income generation and durable solutions.
Mercy Corps works on strengthen government and civil society institutions to guarantee that IDPs and victims access their rights and integratate socioeconomically into communities where they reside.