General situation

In Colombia

After more than 50 years of civil war the political situation in Colombia remains unstable. Among more than 5.7 million internally displaced persons, who come and increase the population in the slums of large cities, 70% are mothers with critically low income who bring up their children alone. The negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), which have been going on since 2012, resulted in a final peace agreement in 2016. The social situation however remains unstable. The massive migration movement to the cities makes Colombia today the country with the second highest number of internally displaced persons in the world (IDMC 2014).

Over 48.2 million of inhabitants 

  • 28% of the population lives on less than 2 USD per day
  • 12% of the population (5,7 Million people) are internally displaced
  • 56% of the children live in extreme poverty and do not receive the basic care they need for their development
  • 34% of the children get no attention whatsoever
  • 13.2% of the children suffer from chronic malnutritrtion
  • 15% infant mortality
  • More than 50.000 abandoned children are registered every year (Source : DANE)
  • 46% of children from the poorest households are sent to school three years late or more (Source : UNESCO)
  • At least 2.5 million Colombian children between 5 and 15 years work (Source : UN 2010)