Project profile — Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment


Cuso International (CA-CRA_ACR-3811116813)
2015-03-31 - 2024-03-29
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Colombia (87.43%)
• Ecuador (9.42%)
• Peru (3.15%)


• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (10.00%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (50.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (40.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This project aims to develop programs that provide skills training, work internships, and job placements matched to labour market needs for at-risk youth in seven major Colombian cities: Baranquilla, Bogota, Buenaventura, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin, Soacha, and Quibdo. This project seeks to transfer Canadian inclusive training and employment models to Colombian municipalities and private sector partners. In addition, the project will involve deploying 34 skilled Canadian cooperants to build municipal capacities in areas such as employment program planning and gender-responsive employment strategies. The Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) promotes private sector engagement by designing training that responds to the needs of local businesses while ensuring their commitment to providing employment opportunities for poor and vulnerable youth. Project activities include: (1) increasing equitable and inclusive participation of poor and vulnerable youth in the labour market; and (2) improving the design and implementation of market-driven employment policies, strategies and programs for poor and vulnerable youth.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) increased equitable and inclusive participation in the labour market of poor and vulnerable people in targeted regions in Colombia; (2) improved design and implementation of gender-responsive and market-driven employment policies, strategies and programs for poor and vulnerable people. This initiative directly benefits 4,000 vulnerable youth, with 80% receiving guaranteed employment. Also, 12,000 indirect beneficiaries via youth contributions to their overall family incomes.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) set up CUSO’s International office in Colombia; (2) presented the project to key Government institutions of Colombia (Ministry of Labor, Department of Social Prosperity and Agency to Overcome Extreme Poverty), municipal authorities in eight Colombian cities and key actors from the private sector and civil society in an attempt to link efforts and leverage more resources; and (3)officially launched the project in Bogotá and Medellín and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the mayors of each city.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
21-02-2024 Disbursement $500,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Other technical assistance
Date modified: