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Latin America and the Caribbean
Employment-in-action programme (Programa Empleo en Acción) (2000-2004)



Date: 2000-2004
Description: Aimed at providing temporary employment for unskilled labour from SISBÉN levels 1 and 2 in the construction or maintenance of community infrastructure in low-income urban areas, defined as neighbourhoods of strata 1 and 2. The programme sought to mitigate the impacts of the 1999 economic crisis.


Target population: Population of unemployed adults, of SISBÉN levels 1 and 2, who are not enrolled in daytime education programmes.
Area of intervention: Direct job creation
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical (unemployed adults of legal age)
Proxy means test (SISBÉN levels 1 and 2)
Instrument of selection: 1) System for the Identification of Potential Social Programme Beneficiaries (SISBEN).


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Presidency of the Republic of Colombia
Executing organization(s): Presidency of the Republic of Colombia
Source of funding: Government of Colombia

1) Unskilled labour workers

Recipient(s): Programme participants
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: For unskilled labour, the Programme provides a maximum amount of COP$180,000 per month per participant (at 2001 prices), for a maximum of five months in part-time work.
Amount : COP $ 180,000 (monthly)


2) Purchase of materials

Description: The financing of materials is partial and restricted to projects presented before December 2002 by territorial entities (mayors' offices, districts, governors' offices or their decentralised entities). The projects to be financed must have a total cost between 40 and 300 million Colombian pesos (at 2001 prices). Proposers may be departments, districts, municipalities, state public utilities, non-profit entities, associative work companies, non-governmental organisations or community-based institutions. The proposer must guarantee the counterpart resources necessary to complement the Programme's contributions and thus cover the total costs of the project. The direct executor of the works may be the proponent, its contractor or the organised community.


Programa Empleo en Acción. Impactos del programa sobre los beneficiarios y sus familias.

Author: DNP
Date: 2007
Publication info: Departamento Nacional de Planeación
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation




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