Colombia is the third most populous country in Latin America but millions of people continue to be displaced due to 50 years of conflict. An estimated 3.9 million people have been forced from their homes since 1996. While poverty in Colombia has generally improved, striking disparities in income, wealth and living standards continue to exist, particularly among rural populations.
Significantly, child malnutrition and infant mortality remain high, despite the fact that continuous progress has been made for several years.
In 2011, the Colombian government adopted a new poverty-reduction strategy, which sets firm and binding targets to close the country’s poverty gaps. Our programmes help communities that have been affected or displaced by the conflict and natural disaster to rebuild their lives.
What we are doing
Action Against Hunger has worked in Colombia since 1998 in the departments of Córdoba, Nariño and Putumayo, focusing on improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and helping families to access food and earn an income.
Our teams construct latrines, construct wells and rehabilitate water infrastructure. We also provide emergency food distributions, nutritional aid for children, and training and technical support for rural health posts.