HI: ACTIVA – Integrated mine action in Cauca and Nariño

Project completed

SDC will support Humanity & Inclusion (HI) in contributing to peace, early recovery and socioeconomic development of indigenous, peasant and afro-descendant communities in the departments of Cauca and Nariño, under the Government Stabilization Policy. The focus of the third phase will be on a comprehensive approach (mine risk education, humanitarian demining, victim rehabilitation and advocacy) that involves recovery of community economies and infrastructure. It will bring a broader impact and better cost-efficiency relationship.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Conflict & fragility
Employment & economic development
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR

Removal of land mines
Rural development
Health education
Emergency food assistance
Protection, access & security
15.05.2019 - 31.08.2021
CHF  1’500’000
Background Colombia is far from meeting the goal of being a mine-free country in 2021 (Ottawa Convention). Ongoing armed violence and use of APM/UXO/IED by different illegal armed groups led to a tripling of the number of survivors/victims in 2018. In rural areas, humanitarian and protection conditions of indigenous, afro-Colombian and peasant communities have deteriorated. The State's response remains insufficient in such areas.
Objectives Contribute to peace consolidation, early recovery and socioeconomic development of communities affected by APM/IED/UXO in Cauca y Nariño
Target groups Direct beneficiaries: 48.049 personas (26.375 M + 21.674 H) from indigenous, afro-descendant and peasant communities of 7 municipalities belonging to 2 departments (Cauca and Nariño), whereas 57% are female and 43% male.
Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1: Vulnerable communities (indigenous, peasant and afro-descendant) affected by APM/IED/UXO inhabit safer environments and favorable for inclusive local socio-economic development in both departments.

Outcome 2: Survivors and indirect victims affected by APM/IED/UXO and persons with disabilities improve their living conditions through access to services (protection, health, legal assistance and psychosocial support) and advocacy to sustain such access.


Expected results:  

1. Mine Risk Education (MRE): 419 beneficiaries (public servants, community members and leaders) improve their knowledge, capacities and plans to prevent and mitigate risks associated to AMP/IED/UXO. Community self-protection will be strengthened with training and equipment.

2. Humanitarian Demining (HD): territories of 4 municipalities of Cauca prioritized by the Government are free of APM/IED/UXO (clearance of approx. 120’000 m2), for the socio-economic development of their habitants (47.000 approximately) in safe conditions. 4 community infrastructures rehabilitated.

3. Comprehensive rehabilitation: 250 people with disabilities (190 survivors and 60 people with disabilities) and 80% of their caretakers have improved their health conditions in a comprehensive way, by accessing emergency assistance services, physical rehabilitation processes and psychosocial support.

200 people (40 survivors and 160 family members) have improved in 30% their income generation.

45 public servants of the mine action institutional network have increased their knowledge about rights of victims with disabilities.

4. Participation and advocacy: 7 local development plans, reports, tools, research documents include specific needs of vulnerable populations affected by AMP/IED/UXO. 430 people (8 associations).

An action plan of the Latin American network of survivors and people with disabilities in progress. The peer support strategy is widely socialized with local authorities and the Ministry of Health.

Results from previous phases:   -697 people (256 leaders, 27 public servants and 441 teachers) trained in Mine Risk Education (MRE).
-175 victims and survivors affected by APM/IED/UXO and 75 people with disabilities improved their health conditions in a comprehensive way, by accessing emergency assistance services, physical rehabilitation processes and psychosocial support.
-3 collective productive units and 1 productive infrastructure project benefited 408 families and 102 vulnerable people (income generation). This includes demining of a community aqueduct.
-38,820 inhabitants of 3 rural municipalities benefited from clearance (126,522 m2) (during the last two previous phases with HI).
-183 caregivers benefited from peer support and their needs were addressed.
-12 associations (of victims and people with disabilities, mesas de víctimas municipales, and disability committees) have advocacy plans.
-Communication of community structures responsible for providing security and protection to 3 indigenous reserves and a peasant community was strengthened.
-Community liaison process systematized.
-230 public servants who are part of the institutional network of the 6 municipalities has increased their knowledge about rights of victims.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Handicap International

Other partners

-Local implementing partners of HI: Pastoral Social de Pasto, Fundación Tierra de Paz (Cauca) and Flex.


Coordination with other projects and actors

-Institutional partners: National Mine Action Authority (DAICMA/Descontamina Colombia), Land Restitution National Unit, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health, Municipal and departmental administrations, Education Secretariats, National Service for Traineeship (SENA), Ombudsman field offices.

-Public and private health services, schools.

-ICRC, UNMAS, UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, FAO, Humanitarian Coordination Teams, the Organization of American States (OAS).

-Victims’ associations, associations of disabled people.

-Community ethnic councils (indigenous).



Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’500’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’352’969 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   2’403’917
Project phases

Phase 3 15.05.2019 - 31.08.2021   (Completed)

Phase 2 07.08.2017 - 06.12.2018   (Completed)