SCORE Colombia Case Study: SCORE Training in regions of armed conflict

Empowering organizations of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in Colombia

Sustainable rural development has been identified as a key aspect within the framework of the peace process in Colombia, in particular poverty reduction, social infrastructure and productivity of the organizations of the SSE such as cooperatives, associations, foundations and social enterprises.
Colombia is the first country that adapted and implemented SCORE Training in SSE organizations. The national vocational institution SENA in partnership with ILO, delivered SCORE Training as part of their rural entrepreneurship programme (SER) in the Nariño region.

Right: A map to show the regions where SCORE Training has now been implemented in Colombia. 
Nariño is characterised by its large indigenous population and agriculture-based livelihoods. Approximately 71% of the population lives in poverty and over 400,000 families have been identified as victims of armed conflict (1) . As a result, Nariño is a priority area of economic development in the post-conflict agenda.  Under SENA’s leadership, SCORE Training was implemented in 10 associations producing coffee, milk, eggs, strawberries, brown sugar and textiles.

SCORE Training Participants during one of the workshops in July 2016

With SCORE Training, the organizations learned best practices to improve working conditions, positively impacting 305 workers and their families. As a result they reported cost reductions, expanded production capacity, and increased efficiency. They also reported greater inclusion and increased awareness of women’s issues in the workplace.

Based on this successful implementation, SCORE Training was integrated into SENA’s service portfolio in two training centres in Nariño. Building on its initial success, Occupational Safety and Health training for SCORE certified trainers and SSE organizations is currently underway.

1.  Fuente: DNP 2015, Censo 2005 (DANE).