In the past 50 years, Colombian people have suffered the humanitarian consequences of internal armed conflict: forced migration, refugees, forced recruitment of children and youngsters, sexual and gender-related violence. A forgotten crisis needs the international community’s attention. Today there are around 6.4 million displaced people in the country, a crisis second only to that in Syria in terms of number of refugees.
Since 1973,COOPI has worked in Colombia through a range of different humanitarian interventions to help communities in rural areas badly affected by prolonged periods of drought or flooding, and help rebuild houses in the aftermath of earthquakes. It has also undertaken projects aimed at protecting the rights of children displaced as a result of the internal armed conflict.
From 2003 to 2011, in association with other Italian NGOs, COOPI focused great efforts on the development of the Latin-American School of Specialisation in Development Cooperation at the University of San Buenaventura in Cartagena, in order to train professionals in the field of international cooperation.
*Data about COOPI’s achievements are based on last balance sheet