Results around the world – Colombia

Colombia is a growing middle-income country and an important political, development and commercial partner for Canada.

In 2016, the Government of Colombia concluded a historic peace agreement with the country’s largest guerrilla group, FARC. This ended a 50-year internal armed conflict that displaced almost 7 million people internally. The conflict also resulted in one of the highest numbers of landmine casualties in the world. Unfortunately, despite progress toward peace and stability, significant challenges remain in many regions of Colombia where there is still limited state presence. The country must cope with power struggles among non-state actors and, most recently, added pressure on basic services from an influx of Venezuelan migrants fleeing difficult conditions in their country. Poverty, violence, human rights abuses and trafficking of illegal drugs continue to be pervasive, particularly in rural and historically conflict-affected areas.

Canada has supported development, humanitarian assistance, peace and security initiatives in Colombia for more than 40 years. It has worked to ensure respect for human rights and has responded to the challenges faced by Colombia’s most vulnerable populations, including:

Canada’s international assistance focuses on three areas:

Through all initiatives, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are at the centre of Canada’s assistance, tackling barriers so that women and girls can reach their highest potential, make meaningful contributions to peace and security efforts, and break the cycle of poverty and gender-based violence.

Key results

In 2017-18:

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