SOS Childrens Villages International and Aldeas Infantiles SOS Colombia


Location: Colombia
Organizations Involved:
Aldeas Infantiles SOS Colombia SOS Children's Village International
Author: Farzana Ahmed, Peace Direct & Natalia Rodriguez

This report examines the devolution of responsibility from SOS Children’s Villages International, an INGO, to its country office in Colombia – a process that it is anticipated will be completed by 2020. By making a number of changes to its operational, fundraising, and programmatic strategies, SOS Colombia has managed to grow significantly since the transition was announced in 2012. In particular, it has established and maintained key relationships with private companies and continued to work with the Colombian government at different levels.

This report draws on ten semi-structured key informant interviews, which took place in-country during November–December 2017. Those interviewed include representatives from academia, government, INGOs, and civil society organizations, all of whom were connected to SOS Colombia and/or had valuable insights as a result of working in the civil society and aid sector in Colombia.


The case of SOS Colombia is an example of a devolution from an INGO central body to its local country office. The transition has involved shifting financial responsibility onto primarily domestic rather than international sources.

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