According to OECD estimates, Colombia’s development co-operation reached USD 95 million in 2013, compared to USD 86 million in 2012 (OECD estimates). In 2013, USD 85 million was channeled through multilateral organisations of which USD 57 million through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC).
The Colombian Presidential Agency of International Co-operation (APC-Colombia) sets priorities and ensures alignment of Colombia’s development co-operation with its National Development Plan and foreign policy. The Agency manages and co-ordinates out-going development co-operation and, through the National Strategy of International Co-operation sets out Colombia’s strengths and good practices available to share with other countries. It has also introduced a national co-ordination scheme as well as monitoring systems.
Through its South-South co-operation, Colombia shares its knowledge and experience in areas such as entrepreneurship, security, food security, culture, agricultural innovation, social development, climate change and disaster risk management, tourism, statistics and technical vocational training. There are about 70 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Eurasia that are adapting Colombian programmes and policies to their own context. In addition, Colombia is an active partner developing projects in regional mechanisms such as the Pacific Alliance and the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation – FEALAC.
Colombia is also engaged in triangular co-operation, partnering with several international organisations (e.g. United Nations Population Fund and the Organization of American States) and Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members (e.g. Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea and the United States) to support other developing countries (mainly in Central America and the Caribbean) in a wide range of areas.
In 2012, Colombia’s development co-operation through multilateral organisations was primarily channelled through the United Nations (85%), of which almost USD 60 million through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Since 2013, Colombia is an OECD accession country.