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Since 2004, the World Bank has been supporting the efforts of the Government of Colombia (GoC) to deepen its knowledge on poverty and inequality, particularly through the technical assistance provided to the Poverty Mission (MERPD). In September 2007 the Dirección Nacional de Planeación (DNP) requested assistance from the Bank on their Income and Employment Generation Strategy. The Bank provided support through three main activities that included: i) Technical assistance in the analysis and revision of the poverty measurement; ii) Assistance in the organization of a conference on employment and development; and iii) Technical assistance to the CONPES on income and employment generation. This TA consisted on periodic meetings, workshops, and the production of different technical notes and papers that discussed areas relevant to the CONPES and that were discussed and delivered to the Government.
Through these technical assistance, the Bank was successful in highlighting the challenges and options in the design and implementation of the Income and Employment Generation CONPES documents, and identifying relevant issues for income and employment generation in Colombia, for example, the barriers that poor people face in improving their income generation and employment status such as low human capital and inadequate labor regulation framework. The TA has also helped the Government to better organize and target their Income and Employment Generation strategy. The Bank has also provided technical and institutional assistance for the review of poverty methodology in Colombia. The TA has also been successful in laying out an agenda that would lead to the definition of a poverty measurement methodology in Colombia and to an institutional sustainability of poverty numbers estimation and dissemination. Andres Escobar, Deputy Director of DNP, expressed DNP gratitude for the Bank’s technical assistance in a letter included in Volume 1 of this report.
This report is structured in two Volumes. Volume I describes the process and stages of this technical assistance and the main findings of the papers that were produced as inputs for the Income and Employment Generation CONPES documents. This Volume (2) contains the five papers and one technical note on Social Protection produced for the Income and Employment Generation CONPES.
This report was prepared by a team led by Gladys Lopez Acevedo and Christian Yves González of the World Bank. Members of the team included: Emmy Yokoyama, Samuel Freije, Natalia Gómez, Diana Hincapié, Andrew Mason, Erik Bloom, Carlos Sobrado, Kinnon Scott, Maria Laura Sanchez-Puerta, and Olga Susana Puerto. Specific inputs were provided by Mauricio Santa María, Carlos Felipe Prada, Polly Jones, Miguel Cabal, and Juan Carlos Guataqui. We appreciated valuable comments at earlier stages of the Non-Lending Technical Assistance from Jose Maria Caballero and Ethel Sennhauser. We especially thank feedback throughout the process of this NLTA from Felipe Barrera, Francisco Ferreira, Hong Tan (World Bank) and Hugo López (Banco de la República, Colombia)
The team worked closely with the following Government counterparts in the process of the technical assistance. Valuable feedback was received from the National Planning Department (DNP) Andrés Escobar (Deputy Director), Luz Stella Rodríguez (Advisor for the General Director), Jose Fernando Arias (Director, Social Development), Natalia Ariza (Deputy Director, Employment), Nicolás Pérez (Deputy Director, Rural Development), Ricardo Antonio Torres (Director, Rural Development), Victor Manuel Nieto (Deputy Director, Firm Development), Jairo Núñez (MERPD), Orlando Gracía (Former Director, Firm Development), Angélica Arango, Ana Carolina Ramírez Pineda (Advisor, Public Policy Evaluation Direction), Ángela María Penagos (Advisor, Rural Development Direction), Genni Cavalli (Advisor, Special Programs Group), Luz Helena Chamorro (Deputy Director, Territorial Development), Angélica Liliana Fernández, Guillermo Rivas, Carolina Giraldo.