13 Departments, Colombia
Rapid Response Program
The Rapid Response Program (Programa de Respuesta Rápida - PRR) is managed by the Government of Colombia’s Administrative Unit for Territorial Consolidation (UACT) with support from PADF in order to respond to many fundamental needs of communities in key regions of the country where government presence is limited. This strategy aims to reintroduce or increase governmental oversight in local governments as a way to better integrate areas that have been affected by Colombia’s decades old civil conflict.
PADF partners with UACT to carry out this program in order to promote the presence of government entities and the private sector in specific regions and encourage cooperation as a way to help consolidate the country. This program also fosters civic participation, inclusive economic and social development, and contributes to building trust and confidence between communities and the government.
UACT’s main role is to coordinate, support and manage the implementation and execution of Colombia’s National Policy on Land Consolidation and Reconstruction, and the National Policy of Manual Eradication of Illicit Crops and Alternative Development, and develop a strategy for monitoring and evaluating their progress in areas of intervention.
As part of the Rapid Response Program, PADF works with representatives from local communities, also known as Community Action Committees, to identify the most pressing needs locally, including infrastructure projects, equipment purchases, and others priorities. PADF also works with local communities to strengthen their organizational capacity so that they are prepared to effectively manage these projects. In addition, the program coordinates with hundreds of private sector companies to acquire materials, equipment, and services so that communities have access to what they need most.
Among some of the most common community priorities are repairs or improvements to existing infrastructure such as roads, school, and other buildings; delivery of road machinery such as graders and bulldozers; furniture for schools and community centers; and school equipment—computers, electronic tablets, televisions, educational videos, chairs, tables, sports equipment, games, musical instruments—to assist teachers and provide students with a better education.
Montes de María, Catatumbo, Nudo del Paramillo, Antioquia, Córdoba, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Tolima, Arauca, Macarena, Caguán, Putumayo and Tumaco.