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A case study on Energía para la Paz, a shared value initiative of Grupo Energía Bogotá.After Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, people in rural areas heavily affected by the conflict began dreaming about a different future. However, decades of violence had left hundreds of landmines, thousands of deaths, and millions of people displaced, in addition to high levels of poverty and a weakened social fabric.To tackle some of the challenges from decades of conflict, Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB)—a leading energy and natural gas multinational company—launched Energía para la Paz. This shared value initiative revolves around landmine clearance and trust-building to increase the safety and prosperity of communities in post-conflict areas. Developing Energía para la Paz required a mindset shift to how GEB embedded social impact at the heart of its business's success.This case study is available for download in English and Spanish. Este estudio de caso se encuentra disponible para descargar en español y en inglés.
Open Society Foundations;
The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.In Colombia, analog free-to-air television is still by far the most influential source of news. Digitization seems to be increasing both the quantity and range of news and the total public consumption of media as many traditional outlets now have online versions, while some new online only outlets have been born in recent years and gained recognition as news providers. Internet use is increasing very fast in urban areas and higher socioeconomic groups.Public media have been strengthened in recent years and public service provision is considered an important issue in Colombia. The transition to digital terrestrial television (DTT) is seen as both a challenge and an opportunity to public media. Digital activism too has grown in Colombia, and active internet users have proved the power of social networking, which has become very popular. Political debates and hostage rescue operations have, among others, triggered big digital mobilizations, especially on Facebook and Twitter.The policy and regulatory framework for digital media is still being defined as the media regulatory framework itself is functional, but there are several procedural flaws in the implementation.
Open Society Foundations;
For decades, Colombia has faced the challenge of promoting economic development and peace in its coca growing regions while quelling the flow of coca for unlawful purposes. During this time, the country has rarely considered promoting economic development with coca, partly because national and international frameworks and policies have written off coca growers as one of the main drivers of the drug trade.The 2016 peace agreement marked the first significant shift towards a paradigm that prioritizes human rights, rural development, and local governance in the issue of coca. Within the context of the provisions of the peace accord, concrete policy innovations were introduced in 2017. The National Training Service (SENA), a government entity in charge of offering vocational training in vulnerable communities, a peacebuilding organization, and members of the Lerma coca-growing community formed a partnership that became the key to success in advancing policy reform.Coca Industrialization: A Path to Innovation, Development, and Peace in Colombia presents coca as an agricultural product with ample industrialization opportunities that fit within the existing national and international legal arrangements. This report explores coca's diverse potential in applications as varied as nutrition, natural medicine, personal care, and agro-industry—as well as coca's historical cultural uses.The report suggests seeing the coca plant (Erythroxylum spp) as an agricultural product for lawful uses as well as the challenges and opportunities that have influenced industrialization. It proposes building a coca leaf industry that guarantees a sound income for farmers; provides good quality, sustainable raw materials for manufacturers; and ensures traceability, and control across the supply chain, with adherence to international laws.Coca Industrialization explores the potential that the coca leaf holds and sets out the parameters for a system that could significantly expand coca industrialization in a manner that makes the most of its social, political, economic, and environmental benefits.
Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy;
In the rapidly changing news ecosystems of emerging economies, news outlets are struggling to remain relevant and build loyal relationships with youth audiences (18 to 35 years old). As youth populations continue to grow in low-and-middle income countries, it is critical for independent media organizations to understand and respond to the changing news habits of younger generations. A snapshot of youth news consumption habits in Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Thailand highlights that the predominance of smartphones, and increasing access to the internet and social media, is fundamentally altering how youth access, interact with, and value independent news.Youth audiences tend to access news through their smartphone, relying more on social media algorithms and news aggregators than loyalty to particular news brands.Youth generally do not feel that the traditional, mainstream news media reports on issues that are important to them, preferring to access a wider variety of news alongside other kinds of information and entertainment.Despite relying on social media for news, youth are wary about whether the information they see on the internet is true. There is a tension between the convenience social media provides for accessing news and its propensity to amplify misinformation and increase political polarization.
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre;
The twentieth of June is World Refugee Day, dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees. There are nearly twice as many internally displaced people (IDPs) as there are refugees, but there is no International Day of Internal Displacement.To bring attention to the invisible majority of displaced people, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is investigating the relationship between internal displacement and cross-border movement. Based on primary research conducted with refugees, returning refugees and IDPs from Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, we arrive at the following key findings:Cross-border movements are often a symptom of the failure to protect and assist IDPs in their country of origin. More than half of the refugees and returning refugees surveyed were internally displaced before leaving their country of origin. Many suffered multiple internal displacements and were unable to find safety in their country of origin.Restrictive migration policies combine with the high cost of irregular migration to limit opportunities for IDPs seeking refuge abroad. Instead, IDPs are exposed to repeated incidents of internal displacement. Nearly 47 per cent of IDPs surveyed were displaced multiple times. Border closures resulting from COVID-19 act as a further barrier to international protection.Difficult conditions abroad can push refugees to return prematurely to their countries of origin. Family reunification is the most powerful motivation behind returns, but refugees who are unable to make ends meet in their host country may feel they have no choice but to return to insecurity in their country of origin. Under such circumstances, return assistance runs the risk of encouraging premature returns.Refugees who return prematurely to their country of origin often find themselves in situations of internal displacement. Over three-quarters of returning refugees surveyed were living outside their area of origin, often because of continued insecurity and housing destruction. Returning refugees and IDPs face similar challenges in terms of accessing durable solutions to their displacement.
Association of Corporate and Family Foundations (AFE);
AFE Colombia works to make its member foundations understand the SDGs and integrate them into their strategies, programs and projects. Attending high-level multi-stakeholder events and meetings, and co-producing varied case studies and reports with the Platform, AFE Colombia looks forward to a strong continued partnership. AFE's major work included a collective project in impoverished regions in Antioquia, the creation of a SDG filter in AFE's Platform of Strategic Projects, projects with academia, and best-practices documentation.
Association of Corporate and Family Foundations (AFE);
The causes and consequences of Colombia's conflict have created a vicious cycle of economic inequality, weak institutional capacity, and the presence of illegal economies. This report argues that philanthropy can become a key player in the transition towards peace building, and in creating the conditions needed for sustainable peace by acting as a catalyst for innovation and collective action in Colombia. The report also provides concrete recommendations and ways forward for local and international philanthropic organizations to support Colombia's transition towards peace.
Seeking to gain knowledge about resilience, this case study considered a 2007-09 Red Cross preparedness project funded by the Disaster Preparedness European Community Humanitarian Office (DIPECHO). The project was implemented around the Nevado del Huila volcano in Colombia, in a largely rural area with a predominantly indigenous population. The findings and analysis point to the importance of listening to and learning from the community, including its traditional and indigenous resilience practices, as well as the iterative nature of resilient development. The field research also yielded interesting material about perceptions and practices of resilience in Nasa indigenous communities.This report is part of a series that seeks to draw lessons from resilience projects in Latin America and the Pacific. Follow the links below to the other papers in the series:Addressing Water Shortages: A catalyst for more resilient development in FijiBuilding Resilience Through Iterative Processes: Mainstreaming ancestral knowledge, social movements and the making of sustainable programming in BoliviaLearning from Hindsight: A synthesis report on Oxfam resilience researchThis research was conducted with the support of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.
International Media Support (IMS);
This report covers responses to the infringement of the right to freedom of information, misinformation on social media and the impact on public interest media caused by the Covid-19 pandemic with a human-rights based approach and gender-sensitive lens.As journalists on the frontline have supplied essential live-saving information to massively expanded audiences in need of reporting they could trust, advertising revenues have collapsed, leaving public interest media struggling to survive.The report features interviews with journalists from four IMS programme counties, Colombia, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Ukraine about the challenges created by the pandemic and case studies showcasing success stories from independent media outlets in Pakistan, the Philipines, Somalia and Zimbabwe.
Este documento presenta los resultados del estudio sobre las Fundaciones Empresariales en Colombia: una proximación a su estructura y dinámicas, el cual explora sobre sus principales características y relaciones con las empresas creadoras y la sociedad en general. Sus hallazgos y conclusiones buscan contribuir a la re!exión y al debate sobre este importante sector de la sociedad para profundizar en nuevos interrogantes y perspectivas de investigación.
Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales (AFE);
On March 12, 2015, the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, along with the Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales AFE Colombia, (Association of Corporate and Family Foundations in Colombia), the Foundation Center, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Ford Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and The MasterCard Foundation, launched the 'Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy and Private Social Investment', a new project that seeks to identify opportunities and promote strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships for philanthropy and private social investment. Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy and Private Social Investment' envisions to use the framework of Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as a common ground for the collaborative work.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
El 12 de marzo de 2015 el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo-PNUD junto con la Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales-AFE, el Foundation Center, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, la Fundación Ford, la Fundación Conrad N Hilton y la Fundación Master Card, presentaron la 'Plataforma de Colaboración pos 2015 para la Filantropía y la Inversión Social Privada', un nuevo proyecto que busca identificar y promover oportunidades de colaboración estratégica multisectorial para la filantropía y la inversión social privada, en marco de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible-ODS y laAgenda de Desarrollo pos 2015.