A community on the move: the voluntary resettlement project of Dona Ana, Colombia

 The Dona Ana voluntary resettlement programme is an innovative and integrated programme, designed and implemented by a consortium of public/private and aid organisations over a period of 44 months. The objective was to find a durable solution for the community that experienced recurrent and devastating floods in the original area where the village was located. The programme, though a successful institutional collaboration, shows that risk reduction through participatory planning and settlement design/construction serves to reinforce communities’ resilience and capacity to develop sustainable living solutions. The project results in the construction of an entire new village, out of the flood-affected area, with a specific attention to the inter-phase between environmental considerations, socio-economic and psychological aspects, and community-led settlement planning.