Colombia is both a beneficiary of official development assistance and a provider of South-South and triangular co-operation. Colombian international development co-operation focuses on results and is guided by a focus on effective co-operation; alignment with national development priorities and crucial needs; diversification of modalities; strengthening national and local capacities; sustainability; and greater transparency.

Colombia and the United Nations recently signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, an instrument to organise co-operation received from agencies, funds and programmes from the United Nations system.

The Colombian government is committed to elevating South-South and triangular co-operation as a means to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – as established at the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Co-operation (BAPA+40).

Colombia joined the OECD in 2020. Colombia adheres to the OECD Recommendation of the Council for Development Co-operation Actors on Managing the Risk of Corruption and the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development. In 2019, Colombia participated in the LAC-DAC Dialogue on Development Co-operation and the DAC Senior-level Meeting.

According to OECD estimates, in 2019, Colombia’s international development co-operation reached USD 45 million, of which USD 14.1 million corresponded to contributions to multilateral organisations, channelled mainly through the United Nations system.

Since 2015, Colombia has been using the “Quantification and Added Value Measurement Model”. Beyond quantifying direct costs (financial), this model focuses on the added value of the knowledge contributed during an exchange (indirect costs). This approach considers the profile of those contributing the knowledge and measures results under value categories such as knowledge contribution, enhanced relations, differential approach, alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals and visibility of South-South co-operation.

The OECD estimates the volume of Columbia’s funding based on official government reports, complemented by contributions to UN agencies (excluding local resources) and web-based research (mainly on contributions to multilateral organisations) in an internationally comparable manner.

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