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Patricia Henao Saavedra

country director

Diana Muratova

deputy director

Since 2013, Pact has worked in Colombia to help the country overcome the effects of decades of armed conflict. Pact focuses on rural and vulnerable communities, building the capacity of Colombian citizens, especially groups that historically have been excluded, to raise their voices and gain the skills and resources needed to thrive and be prosperous.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and USAID, and in partnership with local organizations, Pact leads several projects in Colombia that are reducing child labor in mining, building the capacity of civil society to combat child labor and improve working conditions, strengthening the capacity of indigenous peoples’ organizations in the Amazon to effectively advocate for the rights of indigenous people, and reducing the risk of child labor, forced labor and other rights violations among vulnerable women and girls in agriculture. 

The Pilares project is increasing the capacity of civil society to understand and address child labor and promote better working conditions in artisanal and small-scale gold mining.

Pact is also supporting indigenous people's organizations to increase their influence in the governance of the Amazon region, with the goal of protecting indigenous people's rights and the environment in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Suriname and Guyana.

Our Vamos Tejiendo project is improving the economic participation of vulnerable women and adolescent girls in quality jobs within the agricultural sector, specifically the cut flower and unrefined sugar industries. Vamos Tejiendo engages government, the private sector and civil society organizations to improve labor practices and increase economic opportunities for vulnerable women and girls. 

Pact’s newest project supports Colombia’s efforts to prevent and respond to human rights violations, particularly among Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees and receptor communities, increasing community cohesion and citizen security. 

Our Somos Tesoro project, or "We are Treasure," recently closed after seven years. The project was Colombia's leading initiative to reduce child labor in artisanal and small-scale mining communities. In addition to addressing health and safety issues in mining, Somos Tesoro helped communities to overcome the many factors that lead to child labor, including economic instability, challenges in implementing public policies favoring child protection, and a lack of quality education in rural mining areas.

Stories and Highlights

We know it is possible: Ending child labor in mining

June 1, 2022
From Africa to Latin America, Pact has worked for more than a decade to end child labor in mining – one of the worst forms of child labor. Using systemic, evidence-based and child-centered strategies...

In the Amazon, a climate linchpin, Pact’s Vanessa Coronado builds indigenous capacity to protect rights, the environment

March 7, 2022
It was late 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic had been halting life around the world for months. The Amazon region was no exception, but Pact’s team and local partners there were determined to not let...

The power of agroecology: Women harvest autonomy in the fight for their rights

March 3, 2022
AMOY is a women’s organization that works for food sovereignty, environmental protection and the prevention of violence against women in the municipality of Yolombó, in Antioquia, Colombia. Vamos...
Members of the Pilares Solidarity Network El Bagre prepare for a conference on child labor prevention. Credit: Maximiliano Arrieta/Diseñart.

Strengthening local organizations to stop child labor in Colombia’s gold mining communities: Lessons from the Pilares project

March 1, 2022
When we started the Pilares project, we knew one thing for certain: Child labor and other unacceptable working conditions are an intractable problem in Colombia’s gold mining communities.

Music as a strategy to prevent child labor in Colombia

January 11, 2022
An initiative for the productive use of free time and the prevention of child labor, implemented through an alliance between civil society, international cooperation and local governments. 
Women in San Roque, Colombia, who took part in a Vamos Tejiendo activity with the local mayor's office to promote women's rights. Credit: Vamos Tejiendo.

The Vamos Tejiendo project: We must create safe environments for women

November 25, 2021
It is critical to talk about gender-based violence as a major barrier to women's autonomy and development. Globally, one out of every three women over 15 years of age has suffered some type of...

Three things you didn’t know about the hidden work of girls

October 12, 2021
Girls working in agriculture are at risk of physical harm and gender-based violence. 

Do community-led programs have a role in Covid-19 vaccine preparedness? Lessons from Colombia 

September 21, 2021
Community engagement is widely acknowledged as essential for achieving effective and equitable Covid-19 vaccination to end this pandemic. Yet, there is limited understanding of how development...

Eight initiatives awarded in the 'Walking Towards Justice' awards

September 14, 2021
Community leaders, journalists, lawyers and representatives of human rights organizations were awarded for their work on behalf of migrant communities in Colombia.  

Partnerships between the public, private and civil society sectors are key to promoting women's democratic participation

September 14, 2021
On International Democracy Day, we're highlighting the importance of recognizing and overcoming the barriers women face to equal political and social participation in Colombia.