ACAPS OVERVIEW

Overview

Four years after the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country continues to face multiple challenges. At least 6.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance as at 2021. Increased territorial control by armed groups – particularly in isolated rural areas – has escalated the conflict and added to the existing needs. This escalation has manifested in the increased killing of social leaders, massacres, confinements and forced displacements, natural disasters, and the arrival of refugees and migrants. The most affected departments are La Guajira, Cauca, Norte de Santander, Arauca, Córdoba, Chocó, Nariño, Putumayo, and Guaviare. ?

Since 2020, there has been a fragmentation of armed groups and organised crime groups seeking greater territorial control of strategic areas to conduct drug trafficking. The increased violence – especially in rural areas – has created significant protection concerns. Between January 1–March 31 2021, violence related to 65 mass displacement events left 27,435 people displaced. These figures represent a 96% increase in mass displacement events and a 177% increase in the total number of people displaced compared to the first quarter of 2020. Confinements and mobility restrictions imposed on communities by armed groups, threats of attacks and/or threats to the population, and armed curfews occur in areas previously unaffected by the conflict. These restrictions limit safe access to education and health assistance and hamper water collection and livelihood activities for communities in the affected areas. The departments most affected by the conflict are predominately populated by Afro-Colombians and indigenous communities. These departments continue to be disproportionally affected by insecurity. Social leaders have become systematic targets of violent attacks from armed groups and organised crime groups. ?

As at 2021, there are 1.7 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Colombia. By the end of the year, an estimated two million Venezuelans will reside in Colombia, and 980,00 Colombians are expected to return from Venezuela. The arrival and transit of millions of people have had a considerable effect on services and resources. The Colombian health and education systems have insufficient capacity to respond to the incoming influx of people.?

 

Latest Developments

Since 19 July, threats by armed groups against farmer communities in several villages of Ituango municipality (Antioquia department) have caused the mass displacement of approximately 4,000 people. More IDPs are expected to arrive in Ituango town. Some of the displaced are hosted in an educational institution in Ituango town and temporary shelters. Floods are hindering assistance delivery. Shelter and WASH needs are reported.?

ACAPS' team is daily monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information related to the outbreak in Colombia, see content below.

Key Figures

Total population
50,300,000
People displaced
4,507,000
People in Need
3,763,000
Key figures are for the entire response and are not CCCM-specific.

INFORM Global Crisis Severity Index

Crisis Severity: 3.7

Impact: 4.2

Humanitarian Conditions: 3.65

Complexity: 3.5

Access Constraints: 3

The above scale is from 0 (Very low) to 5 (Very high)
Information courtesy of ACAPS. https://www.acaps.org/
Response Overview
  
    

Key Figures - 2019 HPC

      
4.1m
People
in need
    
15,000
People targeted
    
-
People
reached
    
3
Partners
    
-
Projects
    
$5.5m
Funding required
    

Objectives

       

        

  1. To promote and implement actions in terms of temporary accommodation/shelter solutions for people displaced by disasters of natural and/or anthropogenic origin (widespread violence) and/or the Colombian population affected by the migratory crisis, which guarantee a healthy and safe environment in conditions of dignity and privacy.        
  2. To strengthen the capacities for the preparation and response of the key actors (at a governmental level,LCT, civil society and other coordination mechanisms) of the territories prioritized in temporary accommod        
  3. Support for early recovery and lasting solutions in terms of accommodation, educational facilities and community infrastructure ensuring a healthy and safe environment in conditions of dignity and privacy.    
     
     

 

Documents
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HDX datasets

27 Common Operating Datasets or CCCM-tagged datsets are on the Humanitarian Data Exchange: