our partners in colombia:

Asociación Colombiana de Estudiantes Universitarios

Asociación Colombiana de Estudiantes Universitarios (ACEU) is a national student organization advocating for students' rights and academic freedom. ACEU has been a leading figure in the national protests and strikes for fair access to higher education and increased public funding. SAIH collaborates with ACEU on the training of young leaders, rights training, documentation of violations of students' rights and their work against gender-based violence at universities. Follow ACEU on Facebook.

Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca

The Regional Indigenous Council in Cauca (CRIC) is an association of indigenous authorities and represents 90 % of the indigenous communities in the province of Cauca, in southwestern Colombia. CRIC is one of Colombia's oldest and largest indigenous movements, founded in 1971 and was one of the initiators of the national indigenous organization, ONIC. CRIC fights for the territorial and cultural rights of indigenous peoples and is developing its own health- and education system. Read more.

SAIH collaborates with CRIC on the two following projects:

Universidad Autónoma Indígena Intercultural

Universidad Autónoma Indígena Intercultural (UAIIN) is a university of, with and for indigenous peoples. Their goal is to preserve and develop traditional knowledge and offer an education that is based on the needs and knowledge of the local communities. The university offers programs such as preservation of indigenous languages, sustainable agriculture, indigenous law and pedagogy. Students at UAIIN learn more about their identity and culture and can bring important knowledge back to their local communities. The support from SAIH goes to research and to UAIIN`s academic and political work to ensure formal recognition as a university. Read more.

The youth program

Through the project "Education for peace in Colombia" supported by Operation Day`s Work, SAIH works with CRIC youth to make schools and communities safer for indigenous youth, through training in rights and advocacy. Read more.

Asociacion Nacional de Estudiantes de Secundaria

Asociacion Nacional de Estudiantes de Secundaria (ANDES) is an important civil society actor in the fight for peace and justice in Colombia, especially for youth and students. The organization works with advocacy, leadership training and brings together activists for regional and national meetings to secure and promote youths’ rights. With support from SAIH, ANDES works to raise awareness about the right to refuse military service, prevent forced recruitment and to promote the gender perspective and LGBTIQ+ rights within and outside the organization. Read more.

Coalicion Contra la Vinculación de Niños, Niñas y Jovenes al Conflicto Armado en Colombia

Coalicion Contra la Vinculación de Niños, Niñas y Jovenes al Conflicto Armado en Colombia (COLAICO) is an association of eight organizations working to prevent children and young people’s involvement in the armed conflict in Colombia. SAIH supports their work in Buenaventura, a town with severe challenges related to violence and armed groups, and an illegal economy permeating the city. COALICO works to give the young people of Buenaventura knowledge of their rights and prevent recruitment to gangs. The projects supported by SAIH aim to make schools become ‘safe spaces’ and to prevent that young people are persuaded or threatened to join gangs. Read more.

Cxhab Wala Kiwe

Cxhab Wala Kiwe is an indigenous organisation in an area of Colombia that was badly hit by the conflict and where the conflict escalated again after the peace agreement was signed in 2016. The organization previously used the Spanish name ACIN (Asociacion de Cabildos Indigenas del Norte del Cauca), but has now taken back its original name in the indigenous language Nasa. This is part of an effort to strengthen indigenous languages, traditions and culture. With support from SAIH and Operation Day`s Work, hundreds of indigenous youth has received rights training and training in peaceful conflict resolution. Read more.

Corporación Otra Escuela

Corporación Otra Escuela is an NGO that uses art and play to promote a culture of peace in Colombia. Through a project supported by SAIH, young people learn a methodology based on Paulo Freire's theories of dialogue and liberating pedagogy, and then brings this back on to their organizations and local communities. A group of young people also gets to participate in an annual course where the goal is to work together to build a culture of peace, and to participate in an annual peace festival. Read more.

Proceso de comunidades negras

Proceso de comunidades negras (PCN) organizes more than 140 grassroots organizations, community councils and Afro-Colombians to improve the situation for Afro-descendants in the country. The organization was established in the wake of the country's 1991 constitution, recognizing Colombia as a "multi-ethnic and multicultural" nation. PCN helped ensure that Afro-Colombians were given special consideration in the peace agreement from 2016. With support from SAIH, the youth movement in PCN works to safeguard the rights of Afro youth, strengthen their common identity and create a platform to fight for rights, land and the development of local communities. SAIH also supports PCN`s work to strengthen the peace process at the grassroots, for instance by organizing peace workshops in high conflict areas. Read more.

Asociación para la Investigación y la Acción Social

Asociación para la Investigación y la Acción Social (NOMADESC) is a human rights organization working to strengthen the rights of marginalized groups through education. With the support of SAIH, NOMADESC runs the Intercultural Folk University, inspired by the Brazilian pedagogue Paulo Freire. The university uses an educational approach based on dialogue between those who teach, the students and the local communities. The goal is to strengthen the students' self-confidence, critical thinking and as a result - their participation in society. The students are nominated as representatives of their local communities and their research projects are based on the needs of that community. Read more.

contact us:

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Katrine Ringhus

(Acting) Head of Program department and Program Advisor, Nicaragua and Colombia
(+47) 406 17 206
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Lauren Berntsen

Program Advisor, Inclusion, SRHR, StAR, Bolivia, Colombia, Zambia
(+47) 907 01 216
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Nina Luhr

Program Advisor, Colombia
(+47) 900 89 535