Conflict and violence have displaced more than seven million people in Colombia, many of whom are living in protracted displacement. The Government’s Victims’ Unit, which was set up under the 2011 Victim’s and Reparations Law 1448, aims to provide the country’s IDPs and other victims of conflict with assistance and reparation to support their pursuit of durable solutions. This work has become all the more pertinent since the signing of a peace agreement with the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016.
The Colombian Government more broadly and the UN system in the country are also working toward improving the national framework for durable solutions. To that end, work continues to refine existing tools and methodologies and develop new ones to establish a solid and agreed-upon evidence base to inform these efforts. JIPS collaborated on three subsequent exercises so far:
- Scoping mission on durable solutions for IDPs in Colombia (2012)
- Monitoring transitional solutions for IDPs (2013-2014)
- Reviewing and harmonising the methodologies and tools with Colombia’s Victims’ Unit (2015 and 2017)