HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Security and rights» in Colombia
The over 50-year old armed conflict between Government and FARC rebels, single-crop farming for export and biofuel production as well as mining projects all combine to jeopardize the livelihoods of rural communities in Colombia and give rise to forcible evictions. The civilian population gets caught up in the conflict owing to the militarization of daily life and the demands being made by armed groups. The consequences are serious human rights violations, violence, poverty, hunger, displacement, as well as the destruction of social networks and traditional values. Through its projects, HEKS/EPER strives to help create a more just and peaceful society and to improve the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.
In 2019, some 35’000 people in this conflict-ridden country were supported in peace initiatives or in activities to secure their rights to land, resources and to a say in decision-making.
Economic and social advancement is sustainable only when people can participate freely and actively. Civil and human rights are under pressure in many places, however. Many people's room for manoeuvre is being drastically restricted. People who stand up for their rights and those of others face exclusion and put their lives at risk. HEKS/EPER therefore empowers, networks and protects people and grassroots organisations that non-violently defend co-determination and rights. HEKS/EPER helps local people better understand their rights and encourages dialogue between population, government and business sector at the local, national and international levels.
Colombia Country Programme
Rural development and peacebuilding
In Colombia, HEKS/EPER is contributing to a more just and peaceful society and to improving the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.