The existing policy for social development of Colombia, that is printed in the National Development Plan 2010-2014 (Plan Nacional de Desarrollo de Colombia- in Spanish) “Prosperity for all”, has as an objective to achieve a society with more employment, less poverty and more security. This goal is to be achieved through the growth of sustainable and comprehensive social development.
With respect to the reduction of poverty specifically, a strategy has been put into place and it is based on actions that can be classified into two categories: the actions of the direct channel and ones of the indirect channel. The actions of the direct channel refer to a strategy of equal opportunity and comprehensive development that guarantees that every Colombian has access to the fundamental tools that will allow him/her to fulfill his/her destiny, regardless of gender, ethnicity, social position or place of origin. The actions of the indirect channel are associated with the economic growth strategy and the macroeconomic environment based on five locomotives (mining, housing, infrastructure, agricultural production) that allow the growth of the median income.
The vision of the social protection system of Colombia is to improve the quality of life of the Colombian population, by protecting them against different risks; guaranteeing equal opportunities for all the population through an equitable health system that is sustainable and of high quality; by ensuring an equitable, relevant and high quality education system; and through the establishment of an environment that favors business development.
Legal and regulatory frameworks:
The entities that lead the sector, who are responsible for the implementation of social protection policies are, among others:
Other agencies involved in social protection policies and programs in Colombia are:
For more information, please contact: National Planning Department (DPS), https://www.dnp.gov.co/