Our work in Colombia

NHRF's Colombia Office

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) has worked for three decades in Colombia through direct financial support for human rights advocacy, networking and capacity building. This work has also been supported through communications, advocacy and the development of strategic alliances in the Andean country.

During 2022, the NHRF's portfolio in Colombia has grown to more than 70 signed agreements. Of these, 23 of the selected agreements are in the Forest, Environment and Human Rights programme, and the organisations leading these initiatives work on or include in their work: combating deforestation, contributing to more sustainable forest management for the protection of forests, defending territorial, environmental and ethnic rights, and improving the livelihoods of ethnic and local communities.

In the Peace and Human Rights programme the number continues to grow with 34 agreements signed that focus on or include in their work the protection of human rights defenders and the right to defend human rights, the promotion of peace and access to justice, and the defence of land and territorial rights.

Colombia is a key country for the Norwegian Human Rights Fund, and for this reason it is important to highlight that during 2022 we will continue to explore the possibility of having new partnerships and agreements signed in both programmes in order to promote human rights in the Andean country in the coming years.

Articles and updates

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Open call: Consultancy to assess the NHRF Forest, Environmental and Human Rights Programme in Colombia - Call extended to February 5 / 2024

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) is seeking consultants to evaluate the results achieved through the support to Colombian civil society organisations from January 2021 to December 2023. The review will also assess changes and effects experienced by the target groups as results of NHRF support.

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New report about attacks against land and environmental defenders

Environmental and land defenders are at risk in all world regions and their security situation is becoming increasingly precarious, reaching the point where many of them have been killed. Latin America has been particularly dangerous, with Mexico occupying first place and Colombia second in the rankings of defenders killed in 2021.

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International organisations recognise work of Colombian Truth Commission

In a press release, organisations state that accepting the recommendations of the Final Report will be a key step towards building a future in the midst of differences and achieving peace as a right and a duty that must be fulfilled.

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