The humanitarian situation facing Colombia after more than 40 years of violence has led to one of the highest rates of displaced persons in the world. WFP works in close collaboration and coordination with the Government of Colombia to serve the displaced and vulnerable population.
The protracted relief and recovery operation continues be relevant to the situation in Colombia, and plays an important role as part of the humanitarian assistance being provided to the displaced population. 92 percent of the planned beneficiaries had received assistance, and 52 percent of the food planned for delivery had been distributed. Rations provided through the food-for-work/food-for-training activities and relief were reduced, as was the duration of projects carrying out those activities. The operation has had positive effects on the nutrition and health of the beneficiaries, as well as on their quality of life. It is worth noting the role of the operation in addressing gaps in assistance, which helps in transferring beneficiaries to government programmes. The operation also provides increased visibility to the population of displaced and vulnerable population; helps protect populations living in contexts of violence; strengthens the social fabric; and develops capacities through the partnerships that have been created and the multiplier effect achieved. The flexibility of the WFP organizational structure in Colombia and the creativity of the country office are positive factors that account for the success of the operation. However, a number of challenges remain, including those associated with the gradual decline in funding, the source and type of resources available, the shifting nature of the violence, the organizational weaknesses noted among partners, and the expansion of the database. The evaluation makes a series of recommendations related to programming, impact studies, the structure of the WFP country office, the database, the logical framework and funding