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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Employment-in-action programme (Programa Empleo en Acción) (2000-2004)



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


Target population: Unemployed people of legal age, of SISBÉN levels 1 and 2, who will not be enrolled in full-time education programmes.
Area of intervention: Direct job creation
Geographic scale: Nationwide
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 workers, the Programme contributes a maximum sum of COP $ 180,000 monthly per participant (in 2001 prices), for a maximum of five months in a half-time working-day.
Amount : COP $ 180,000 (monthly)


2) Purchase of materials

Description: The financing of materials is partial and restricted to projects submitted before December 2002 by territorial entities (mayors, governorate districts or their decentralized entities). The projects must have a total cost between 40 and 300 million Colombian pesos (at 2001 prices). Proponents may be the departments, districts, municipalities, public sector companies, non-profit entities, associative labour enterprises, non-governmental organizations or community-based institutions. The proponent must guarantee the necessary resources to supplement the monetary contribution of the Programme and thus cover the total costs of the project. The direct executor of the works could be the proponent, its contractor or the 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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