CRC: Integration of migrants and host communities in Cali

SDC will support the Colombian Red Cross (Cruz Roja Colombiana, CRC) in improving cultural and socioeconomic integration of Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees and vulnerable host communities in Cali. This project will work on the nexus between responding to humanitarian needs and building conditions for socioeconomic stabilization among migrants, returnees and vulnerable population. It will take place in a context of protection risks especially for women, youngsters and children associated to illegal economies and armed actors.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
Protection, access & security
Health education
01.11.2019 - 31.01.2021
CHF 360'000

Colombia continues to be the country with the largest number of Venezuelan migrants in Latin America. It has become a destination and a transit route to other countries in the region; in both cases with high protection risks for women, youth, boys and girls. While many migrants are still in a transit, the number of people settling in the country is growing.

Cali –a city near the Pacific coast and the border with Ecuador– hosts displaced victims of the armed conflict, settled in the same areas where the migrant and returnee population is arriving. There are limited actions that facilitates integration processes, in a context of protection risks especially for women, youngsters and children due to to illegal economies and armed actors.

Objectives Contribute to the social cohesion of the migrant population and the host communities in the city of Cali
Target groups

Directly: 3,493 people from Venezuela (migrants and returnees) (70%) and host communities (30%) in Cali, Valle del Cauca.

Indirectly: 10,479 indirect beneficiaries (beneficiary families, communities, schools, and community action boards).  

Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1. Migrants and host communities reduce their protection risks and access information services, psychosocial care and are referred to institutional care routes.

Outcome 2. Migrants and host communities have equitable access to income generation opportunities (productive units and cash transfers) that promote their stabilization processes.

Outcome 3. Integration processes between migrants and host communities strengthened, through building a culture of peace and coexistence.


Expected results:  

-Creation and implementation of the Care and Orientation Center (COA).
-70% of people accessing the CAO increases skills to manage their migration processes in Colombia.
-70% of people accessing the CAO reports improvements in their feelings of well-being and levels of information.
-70% of people accessing individual or group psychosocial care, shows improvement.

Income generation and stabilization:
-50 productive units/projects are launched/strengthened. 60% lead by women.
-70% of women earn enough incomes to reach the survival threshold.
-50 people receive conditional cash transfers.
-70% of beneficiary households obtain sufficient income to reach the survival threshold.

-70% of migrants and prioritized vulnerable host communities develop skills for the transformation of conflicts and the construction of a culture of peace and coexistence.
-70% of the migrant population and prioritized vulnerable host communities show a better family and community relationship through the project.
-60% of community integration activities proposed by women and youth are prioritized. 

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO

Coordination with other projects and actors -The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
-International and national organizations: UNHCR, ICRC, WFP, Opción Legal, NRC and FUPAD; IOM and other GIFMM members
Institutional partners in Colombia: Migración Colombia, Registraduría, Dirección Nacional de Planeación y Cancillería. Alcadía de Cali and Gobernación del Valle.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   360'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   226'957
Project phases Phase 1 01.11.2019 - 31.01.2021   (Current phase)