Through the Consolidation and Enhanced Livelihood Initiative - Northern and Southern Regions (CELI N/S), USAID and Chemonics are partnering to foster peace and security in the country’s conflict-affected areas. In collaboration with multiple Colombian government agencies and community and private sector actors, the program strengthens local governance and improves economic and social infrastructure.
By providing grants to Colombian community and producer organizations, CELI N/S empowers local grassroots stakeholders to take the lead in repairing basic infrastructure while improving food security and agricultural production and marketing. CELI N/S has supported 280 producer and civil society organizations, and as a result generated approximately $35 million in sales of products and services. It has also leveraged more than $192 million in public and private funds investment and benefited more than 25,000 families. As the program continues to invest in sustainable social capital, Colombia’s rural communities are taking greater ownership of their own economic development.