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.