E2E´s three strategic lines of work: Education, Peacebuilding and Environment
Education is a crucial aspect of Colombia’s resilience to conflict, environmental sustainability, and long-term societal well being. Colombia’s social and economic progress in recent years have translated into higher education enrollment figures, but failed to adequately improve human capital results which aggravate poverty and provoke greater inequality. While secondary education attendance levels have increased by a significant 12% in the 2000s, total school enrollment figures were 37% in 2013, with only half of high school graduates aged 17-21 going on to pursue tertiary education. Furthermore, significant disparities exist between different income groups.
These gaps, over the medium and long-term, have had negative consequences on the Colombian labor market, cost governments thousands of dollars annually and trap the most vulnerable populations in vicious cycles of poverty. E2E seeks to bridge the gap between corporate and developing worlds by enhancing the education needed to provide citizens of all ages with greater access to education.
As a nation, Colombia is facing one of the greatest challenges in its entire history: the end of a war that has lasted for over half a century, which must be followed with strategic peace building efforts. Building a new, peaceful and fruitful nation requires the participation of all actors in society. The private sector is critical to a long-term, successful reintegration process, and the reconstruction of a new paradigm of peace and reconciliation in Colombia. The E2E model is a strategic point to engage the private, NGO and public sectors to work together with local communities and bridge the gap through efforts that break current social barriers that threaten sustainable development.
Colombia is one of the most resource rich countries in South America. As the second most biodiverse country in the world, approximately half of the country’s territory is covered by forest, and the Colombian Amazon provides 15% of the world’s oxygen. Despite Colombia´s natural wealth, poor resource management, social inequalities and a host of other internal and external factors threaten Colombia’s unique ecosystems.
Colombia’s biodiversity is critically linked to human wellbeing and inclusive economic development. Unfortunately, severe environmental degradation occurs in areas where poverty rates are highest—putting vulnerable populations further at risk. Such social and environmental degradation poses a risk for both local developing communities and greater society—including businesses.
At E2E, we work with local communities, companies, nonprofits and other entities to help them organize their teams, operations, activities, and monitoring systems to innovate business models that protect and preserve Colombia´s unique environment.