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Patricia Henao Saavedra

country director
phenao@pactworld.org

Diana Muratova

senior program officer
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.

Pact's work in Colombia spans capacity development, livelihoods, governance and natural resource management. With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and USAID, and in partnership with local organizations, Pact leads three projects, in the Antioquia, Boyacá, Bolívar and Amazon regions.

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.

Stories and Highlights

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...
Mother and child in Katanga, DRC

Addressing child labor demands an integrated approach

June 10, 2016
This post orginally appears on the Crowd360 website and is cross-posted with permission. In factories, fields, and mines around the world, 85 million children toil in hazardous conditions that...
Access to Justice community meeting

Helping vulnerable people exercise their voice, access their rights

December 10, 2015
"Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." That’s the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day. At Pact, we believe all individuals are entitled to fair treatment under the law and protection from harm. That’...