Project profile — Integrated Rural Economic Development for Micro-Regions


IOM – International Organization for Migration (47066)
2014-03-24 - 2024-02-29
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Colombia (100.00%)


• Agricultural policy and administrative management:
Agricultural policy and administrative management (31110) (30.00%)
Agricultural development (31120) (70.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to support the economic development of some of Colombia’s poorest rural areas, directly benefitting 4,000 small-scale farmers. The project supports the Government of Colombia in developing a new model for integrated rural economic development, which includes priorities of under-represented groups, civil society and private sector, at the level of micro-regions. (A micro-region is a group of 5-9 municipalities that share socio-economic characteristics.) The project is supporting the development and implementation of Integrated Rural Economic Development Plans for three micro-regions. It also seeks to: (i) develop the capacity among the communities to participate in the planning of their micro-region’s economic development; (ii) provide support to small-scale farmers in the three micro-regions to increase production and income; and (iii) provide support to replicate successful economic activities beyond the three micro-regions.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) Economic opportunities for 4,000 members of vulnerable groups via new rural economic development projects in three micro-regions; (2) Increased participation of rural women and vulnerable groups in the formulation of strategies for rural economic development; (3) adoption of an integrated approach to rural economic development planning and implementation by local governments in Colombia.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) 246 new community association leaders, municipal mayors and departmental government officials were trained on participatory planning processes; (2) three regional development plans were formulated to include gender equality and environment strategies and incorporate the views of local stakeholders and vulnerable communities, including women, indigenous communities and afro descendants; (3) 20 agricultural value chains were identified for agricultural infrastructure investments that improve climate resilience and incomes for 5,040 rural farmers; (4) five public works projects were identified and structured to improve access to technical training, land rights, electricity and potable water in the three regions; (5) 24 public and private sector partners confirmed co-financing commitments for infrastructure investments; (6) the project’s methodology of decentralized planning is in the process of being considered for scaling up by national government entities as part of Colombia’s peace process.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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