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Promoting Peace, Security, and Licit Economic Development in Colombia

The Consolidation and Enhanced Livelihood Initiative enhances economic opportunity for conflict-affected populations while strengthening civil society, state presence, and citizen participation.
In Colombia’s North and South regions, municipalities are afflicted by high levels of poverty and violence associated with illegally armed groups and narco-trafficking activities. The North faces what is often called the “resource curse.” Resources are fueling an illicit economy and creating inequitable economic growth, particularly in the absence of effective and transparent governance. Meanwhile, the southern region remains remote and isolated with limited governance, extremely difficult topography, and minimal road infrastructure.
 
Armed conflict, crime, and the illicit economy strain both regions, and a weak state presence only intensifies the challenges faced in conflict-affected communities. Through the Consolidation and Enhanced Livelihood Initiative - Northern and Southern Regions (CELI N/S), USAID and Chemonics are partnering to strengthen state presence, and in turn, foster peace and security in Colombia.
 
The Colombian government is recovering territory to strengthen state presence in areas affected by illicit crop cultivation and conflict. In these conflict-afflicted communities, CELI N/S is nurturing permanent territorial security, citizen participation, and economic opportunity. The initiative works in partnership with multiple government agencies and community and private sector actors. In doing so, CELI N/S promotes improved conditions for governance, upgrades economic and social infrastructure, and strengthens social and economic development.

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