Country and regional strategy from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with Colombia 2016-2020 Reference No.: UD 16.041

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Within the framework of this strategy, Swedish development cooperation with Colombia will contribute to peacebuilding and state building, as well as sustainable development.

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The aim is to support Colombia in the implementation of a negotiated peace by contributing to sustainable peace and human security. The strategy will apply for the period 2016–2020 and comprises a total of SEK 950 million, of which SEK 920 million is intended for activities implemented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and SEK 30 million is intended for activities implemented by the Folke Bernadotte Academy.

Within the framework of the strategy, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is expected to contribute to:

Sustainable peace and human security:

• Strengthened democratic implementation of the peace agreement.

• Greater influence and meaningful participation for women in the peace process and the implementation of the peace agreement in accordance with the UN Security Council's resolutions on women, peace and security.

• Greater influence and meaningful participation for young people in all parts of the peace process in accordance with the UN Security Council's resolutions on young people, peace and security.

• Greater access to transitional justice and respect for human rights.

• Improved conditions for a social dialogue.

• Improved conditions for inclusive and sustainable economic development in areas affected by conflict, including with respect to sustainable use of resources.

• Greater access to basic and sustainable public services in conflict-affected regions.

• Strengthened capacity to prevent and deal with the incidence of gender-related violence, with a focus on women and girls.

Within the framework of the strategy, the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) is expected to contribute to:

• Strengthened capacity in public institutions and civil society to work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding measures, such as disarmament, demobilisation and sustainable reintegration (DDR).

• Improved conditions for respect for human rights, gender equality and the principles of the rule of law in security sector reform (SSR) work.

• Greater influence and meaningful participation for women and girls in the peace process, in accordance with the UN Security Council's resolutions on women, peace and security.