NIR Programme

Private Sector Contribution to Social Dialogue

The programme supports dialogue between labour market parties, alternative mechanisms for conflict resolution, mediation and workplace dialogue in post-conflict Colombia.

Sustainable growth in Colombia

Development of the labour market is key for the Colombian economy to grow sustainably, to break the current inequalities, to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s labour market and to overcome decades of conflict that has fragmented society. This transformation is dependent on a shift in culture and perception, not only in the relationship between employers and the trade unions, but also within these groups and organisations.


The programme promotes enhanced dialogue between actors at different levels of the labour market. This is achieved by building trust and providing access to platforms for collaborative action as well as tools for negotiation. Joint webinars within different sectors and activities such as a course in mediation are ongoing.

The programme is funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and carried out in cooperation with local universities, the International Labour Organization (ILO), USAID, the Colombian Ministry of Labour and the Swedish National Mediation Office among others. Local and central unions and organisations, private and public companies and the National Association of Entrepreneurs of Colombia (ANDI) are other partners.

Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The programme contributes to a socially inclusive and strengthened economic development and local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

⦁ Sustainable economic growth
⦁ Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers
⦁ Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making
⦁ Strengthen relevant national institutions through international cooperation to build capacity at all levels
⦁ Efficient and targeted capacity building

Additional information

For more information, please contact Programme Director Karin Åker, telephone number + 46 8 783 82 69