For over 40 years, the Ecclesiastical Region of Southern Colombia known as Tolima Grande has been subject to social, armed, political and economic conflict. It is estimated that between 1997 and 2009, around 104,000 people were displaced and as a result there are high levels of poverty and unemployment.
This project co-funded by the EC and the Dutch agency Cordaid sought to increase levels of community integration, support small businesses and to influence public policy in relation to the displaced and uprooted population.
A coordination team was established responsible for planning, designing and finalising the technical guidelines of the project as well as monitoring and evaluation procedures. Implementing teams were responsible for planning and running the training and information workshops that were designed to strengthen the communities.
The evaluation analysed the coordination and articulation between the project coordination team and the technical teams working in the municipalities.