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CoLoRes: Resilient Local Communities. Women and youth building sustainable and inclusive economies in support of the peace process in Colombia.




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 1,949,905
€ 1,169,943


The reference framework of this project proposal is Colombia, and specifically the Putumayo region. The strategic location of this region, its geographical conditions, institutional weakness and abundance of natural resources have, for more than 30 years, favoured the presence of armed actors, mainly attracted by the control of oil exploitation, coca cultivation and commercialisation, arms trafficking and other illegal activities. This complex and fragile socio-economic situation particularly affects rural communities and the most vulnerable groups, especially women and young people from indigenous, Afro-descendant and peasant communities. This state of affairs worsened in 2020 due to an increased presence of armed groups and to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The main aim of the initiative is to support these communities so that they can improve their living and working conditions, their resilience to climate change and to the effects of the pandemic, all in a framework of support to the peace process and to the protection of Amazonian biodiversity. In order to reach such objectives, communities should promote 7 agro-forestry chains (asai, chontaduro, sacha inchi, coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, ecotourism/crafts) linked to Amazonian biodiversity, which in turn could foster climate change adaptation practices and at the same time generate increased profits and new jobs, in enterprises that are associative and inclusive, recognising the central role of women and young people. According to the Theory of Change outlined by the initiative, in order to enable communities to become protagonists of this change, it is necessary to focus on three lines of work. The first is aimed at supporting 27 productive initiatives belonging to the agro-forestry, production and services, and Amazon biodiversity sectors, linked to groups of young people and women. The change that these initiatives must address primarily concerns the associative and organisational models, which must become efficient, inclusive and capable of generating new job opportunities, while respecting the gender and cultural diversities that characterise the area of intervention. The project will also include strategic partners such as the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), the main public body for professional training in Colombia, and the Confederation of Cooperatives of Colombia (CONFECOOP), for support and technical assistance to second-level organisations. COOPERMONDO will be assisting in this process. Secondly, the production initiatives themselves will be able to implement sustainable and innovative production and processing processes, creating and spreading sustainable solutions for the development of Amazon biodiversity products, enriched by the valorisation of traditional local knowledge. In fact, the project fits into and supports the Colombian Ministry of the Environments (MADS) national initiative called Negocios Verdes, which was launched in 2014 to support production and commercial initiatives that enhance the richness of Colombian biodiversity with a social, economic and environmental sustainability approach. In the Putumayo region, the body in charge of developing the programme is CORPOAMAZONIA, a project partner which, together with COOPERMONDO, will provide support in developing marketing strategies based on eco-marketing principles that will allow enterprises to promote and commercialise products with the local Negocios Verdes certificate. COSPE will support each phase. The work on productive initiatives will be articulated in the third line of action, which will allow local, Afro, indigenous and peasant communities to become promoters of practices of adaptation to climate change (ACC) and to influence the tools of environmental planning of the territory, with a communitarian approach in the analysis of vulnerabilities and measures of ACC. read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 1,949,905 € 1,169,943


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-012590-04-4
  • CRS Activity identifier2022000282
  • AID012590/04/4
  • Planned start 2022/06/15
  • Planned End 2025/06/14
  • Actual start 2022/07/20
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 31194 - Agricultural co-operatives 32.0%
  • 41010 - Environmental policy and administrative management 30.0%
  • 43042 - Rural development 38.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition not targeted
  • Aid to Environment principal objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 13.1 - Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 13.2 - Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
  • 5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
  • 5.a - Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
  • 8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  • 8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
  • 8.9 - By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products