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MIRE + Consortium: empowers populations affected by the armed conflict in the Pacific – news

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MIRE + Consortium: empowers populations affected by the armed conflict in the Pacific – news

More than 26 thousand people from the departments of Amazonas, Cauca, Chocó and Nariño benefited from the intervention in different areas of development.

The first phase of the MIRE+ Consortium, a project dedicated to providing comprehensive support to communities affected by the armed conflict in the Colombian Pacific. During his intervention, he benefited a 26.707 people in the departments of Amazonas, Cauca, Chocó and Nariño in different sectors, leaving communities prepared with tools, knowledge and infrastructure to continue in their process of early recovery towards development.

In this first implementation, the MIRE + Consortium intervened in three key sectors: Water and Sanitation, Protection; Food Security and Livelihoods. Through these, he sought to empower the inhabitants of the intervened territories so that the communities were sustainable.

In the sector of Water and Sanitation, worked on the adaptation of aqueducts and the treatment of water to prevent diseases and other associated risks, such as shortages during periods of blockade or mobility restrictions. 610 services were built and/or improved for the supply of safe water and 13 sanitation and hygiene services at the community, school and family levels. These services are benefiting more than 14,000 people, compared to an initial panorama in which only 4,000 inhabitants had access to intermittent services, of poor quality and with additional costs or associated risks, such as having to walk long distances in areas controlled by armed actors to get water.

Furthermore, recognizing the importance of safe water supply, innovative technologies have been implemented and the community has been trained to be a guarantor of management and sustainability.

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As to Protection, the MIRE+ consortium focused on strengthening community protection systems and promoting community participation in the prevention and response to risk situations. In this way, nearly 13,000 services or assistance were provided to the population with the aim of reducing the impact of the armed conflict on their communities and generating or strengthening resilience tools.

This is how the sector carried out training on participation mechanisms and enforceability of rights, legal training with an ethnic focus, legal and psychosocial orientation; training and orientation for prevention of GBV (Gender-Based Violence) and/or child recruitment; strengthening safeguard plans; community protection plans; strengthening of shelters for victims of GBV and different forms of violence in the context of the armed conflict; transfer of knowledge with an ethnic focus to the staff who manage these houses; and leadership schools for women with an indigenous focus, among others.

The sector of Food Security and Livelihoods, was key in the MIRE+ consortium. Through the creation of community gardens and training in sustainable agricultural techniques, food was provided throughout the year and community self-sufficiency was promoted. In addition, it provided support in the generation of sustainable livelihoods, such as the promotion of small businesses and access to the delivery of seed capital or productive inputs.

Assets or inputs were delivered to strengthen livelihoods to 717 families, 2,025 people trained in food management and production, and eight community agricultural management strategies implemented, including sugar mills, fish farming, and coffee initiatives, among others.

Likewise, nearly 60 gardens (family, school and community) were created to increase access, availability and use of food during the recovery process, which in turn provided tools and sustainability to face new possible emergencies caused by disasters. natural or sociopolitical conditions.

The consortium worked under what is known as Triple Nexus, connecting emergency care, early recovery and peacebuilding through the appropriation of skills, installed capacity and leadership strengthening; In this way, it sought to generate a lasting and sustainable impact by responding to the needs of the territories so that communities are more resilient and better prepared to face future challenges.

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