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Social protection responses to forced displacement in Colombia

Research reports

Written by Andrés Ham, Sandra García, María Cecilia Dedios, Ángela Guarín, Stephanie Majerowicz, Mariana Martínez Gómez, Camila Cuellar Pizano, Christy Lowe

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Recent years have seen growing interest in the use of national social protection systems as a crisis response mechanism in forced displacement contexts. Yet there is only nascent research to date on linking assistance for displaced populations with government social protection, and on the impacts of differing forms of alignment or integration of humanitarian and social protection systems.

Colombia offers an interesting case to study these research questions, since it combines a long history and established response to internal displacement with a more recent international influx, hosting over 1.7 million Venezuelans fleeing political and economic turmoil since 2014.

This report presents the findings from the primary research in Colombia, which was carried out in the first half of 2021 by researchers at the Universidad de los Andes, in partnership with ODI. This report will also be available in Spanish soon.

This output is part of a larger two-year research project studying approaches to assisting affected populations in contexts of forced displacement. For more information and other project outputs, see here.

The launch event for the report will take place at Universidad de los Andes on Wednesday 22nd June (9am-12pm Bogotá time/GMT-5). To attend in person, please sign up here. To watch virtually, please see the livestream here

Watch the English livestream here.