Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Development programs and livelihood strategies of residents in Altos de la Florida, Colombia
by Florez, Andres Felipe, M.S., Northern Illinois University, 2015, 79; 10008905
Abstract (Summary)

Colombia has a long history of internal displacement due to an ongoing armed conflict. Millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have made their way to urban areas around the country seeking safety and a new start. The municipality of Soacha, a suburb of Bogotá, is the largest receptor area for IDPs in the country, and many Non-Governmental Organizations have set up operations to aid the residents of the area. Within Soacha the most vulnerable residents live in an informal settlement called Altos de la Florida Sector 3. This area has no infrastructure and a large portion of the residents are reported to be IDPs. Using the sustainable livelihoods framework, this study seeks to understand the impact of development programs on the daily livelihood strategies of the most vulnerable residents of Soacha. In order to examine the impact of development programs, semi-structured interviews (n=26) were conducted with Altos de la Florida Residents. We employed thematic analysis in order to get an in-depth understanding of the daily impact of development programs on their livelihood strategies. We find that through the main actors in the area (the United Nations, World Vision, and the Colombian government) residents report primarily increased human, and social capitals. There is a less noticeable impact on financial, physical and natural capital.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gallaher, Courtney
Commitee: Pingel, Thomas, Schuller, Mark
School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Geography
Keywords: Colombia, Development programs, Human geography, Internally displaced persons, Soacha
Publication Number: 10008905
ISBN: 9781339456096
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