ACTIVITIES

The Protection Desk Colombia (PD COL) works following three lines of action:

- Strengthening the internal network and social tissue of each community to promote their collective action in the area of protection.

- Promoting of solidarity and networking among rural communities in the same region with similar risk situations.

- Coordinating actions with other regional, national and international organizations to increase the capacity of communities to protect themselves and to dialogue with the actors who are responsible for guaranteeing and protecting their rights.

At the same time, through various applied research methodologies such as Social Network Analysis, the PD COL develops and deepens its knowledge on the protection of defenders, aiming to respond in a correct manner to the needs of defenders and the context changes in their work.

PD COL will contribute to avoiding new conflict scenarios by empowering rural communities at strengthening their protection through the establishment of Protection Networks by

i)               Empowering defenders (capacity building on protection skills, negotiation, advocacy and outreach);

ii)             Involving State authorities to make sure they comply with their obligation to protect HRDs (advocacy meetings, dissemination of information, visibility campaigns)

iii)            Identifying supportive stakeholders and encouraging them to engage in the protection of HRDs (advocacy actions, meetings, dissemination of information, visibility campaigns, visits to the communities, etc.).

iv)            Building bridges among communities in the same region facing similar challenges, exchanging on protection experiences and respond in solidarity to common threats.

v)              Connecting these communities to local, regional and international partners and actors identified in the actor mapping that can contribute positively in their protection.

vi)            Developing its own network by building alliances with key organisations and actors in order to maximize its impact and influence, particularly in public policy issues and liaison with authorities