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Patricia Henao Saavedra

country director
phenao@pactworld.org

Diana Muratova

program manager
dmuratova@pactworld.org

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 four projects in Colombia, in the Antioquia, Boyacá, Bolívar, Cundinamarca and Amazon regions. Together these projects 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. 

Our Somos Tesoro, or "We are Treasure," project is 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 is working 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.

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, Suriname and Guyana.

Our EQUAL 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. EQUAL engages government, the private sector and civil society organizations to improve labor practices and increase economic opportunities for vulnerable women and girls. 

Stories and Highlights

Raising the voices of indigenous organizations across the Amazon region

August 5, 2020
“Indigenous women need autonomy, a voice and a light.” This is how Telma Taurepang describes the challenges that her community has long faced. She serves as coordinator for União das Mulheres...
Somos Tesoro hosts a Facebook Live event for youth. (Photo: Pact)

During Covid-19, Pact and partners continue the fight against child mining in Colombia

June 10, 2020
At home, Alejandro, a 15-year-old boy in rural Colombia, has access to only one smart phone: his father’s. After Covid-19 began, Alejandro’s school closed and teachers began holding classes online...

Pact, U.S. Department of Labor announce new project in Colombian sugar and cut flower sectors

February 13, 2020
The only way that the surprise of flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day gets any sweeter is when they feel as good to give as they do to get. In a new $5 million, four-year project funded by the U.S....

Strong alliances, strengthened communities: A well-built international partnership makes a difference for miners

November 22, 2019
There was a time when Benjamín, an artisanal miner from Boyacá, Colombia, worried each day as he left for work that he might never see his family again. As a miner, he told us, your work is so...

The Pilares project

October 10, 2019
In Colombia's Bajo Cauca and South Bolivar regions, where gold mining is a critical livelihood, Pact leads the Pilares project in partnership with the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to improve...

Somos Tesoro in Colombia: We are Treasure

June 12, 2019
In Colombia, Pact's Somos Tesoro project is working to end child labor in gold and coal mining and improve health and safety conditions. Somos Tesoro means "We are Treasure." Because children are...

Pact's new documentary film reveals progress in the fight against child labor in Democratic Republic of the Congo

June 12, 2018
On June 12, World Day Against Child Labor, Pact, an international development organization, debuted its first short documentary film revealing on-the-ground evidence of progress in the fight against...

To stem child labor in mining, a village in Colombia turns to systemic solutions – and fish

June 6, 2018
In the backyard of her aquamarine-colored house, Lizeth Mendoza carefully unwraps fish for the day's lunch. She cleans them and takes them to the kitchen. When her children get home to study, she’ll...