Since 2004, the International Committee o the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Food Program (WFP)have been working, jointly, in a process to establish the living conditions o the displaced population inthe country.This process, motivated by the two institutions’ concern or the Colombian civilian population aected bythe confict, has materialized in two studies that provide an overview o the displacement phenomena,its causes and consequences. Today, ater two years o work, we are pleased to submit or yourconsideration the executive summary o the joint study, whose purpose is to urther the identication othe displaced population’s needs, as well as the current institutional response in view o improving thecare provided to this population group.The study was carried out between November 2006 and June 2007, in eight (8) o the most importanthost cities or displaced population in the country, i.e.: Barranquilla, Bogota, Cartagena, Florencia,Medellín, Santa Marta, Sincelejo and Villavicencio. Data gathering was perormed by “Unión TemporalEconometría - Sistemas Especializados de Inormación S.E.I. S.A.”; the rm hired to carry out thestudy.The ICRC and WFP hope that the results presented here, in a summarized manner, enable the dierentactors associated with the provision o assistance to the displaced population in the country, to becomeeven more sensitive to the situation and the needs o this population. This is how we hope that theNational, Provincial and Municipal governments, the national non governmental organizations, theinternational organizations, the private sector, civil society and the organizations o the displacedpopulation, all o which constitute the active parties in the national refection on this issue, join eortsand resources in order to improve and provide more services or this population. In this sense, thisdocument aims to support constructive dialogue and a better coordination o such initiatives.Finally, we wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the displaced and resident population, to the nationaland municipal institutions, to the regional teams o both our institutions, to the head oces o the ICRCand WFP in Geneva and Rome, and to the “Unión Temporal Econometría- S.E.I. S.A.” or their decisiveand valuable support in this process.
Head o Delegation or the ICRC in Colombia Representative o the WFP in Colombia