The AVP program in Colombia is PLA’s longest-running program and has included five regions: Bogotá/Central, Atlantic coast, Northeast, Occident and Medellín. From 2006 to 2016, AVP Colombia completed over 300 workshops, impacting more than 2,500 participants. Youth have been a priority population for AVP Colombia as well as victims of the armed violence, 75% of whom are women. Workshops continue with communities in indigenous and Afro-Colombian territories located in the coastal and southwestern regions rich in natural resources.
With the signing of the Peace Accords in 2016 ending the 52-year armed conflict, Colombia faces new challenges and opportunities. One challenge is reintegrating the newly demobilized FARC guerilla army personnel and persons involved in paramilitary activities.