Colombia: Scaling Up Interventions to Prevent Violence Against Children

The Government of Colombia has committed to addressing and ending violence against children through the following major actions:  

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Violence Against Children & Youth Survey in 2018

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Creation of Pacto Nacional

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Bill approved in 2021 to prohibit violence against children

Implementation Science Collaborative Partnerships

The Implementation Science Collaborative helped the Government of Colombia’s Instituto Colombiano para Bienestar Familial (ICBF) develop a National Action Plan (NAP) to identify and fill key programming gaps. To capture this learning experience, Universidad de los Andes completed a process documentation report (available in English and Spanish) on Colombia’s NAP development. The report includes results from the document review and 25 stakeholder interviews from different sectors of government, academia, and civil society.

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Major milestones were reached along Colombia’s path toward developing a NAP. These included:

We worked through Maestral International to cost the NAP (The report “Costing of the National Plan of Action Against Violence Against Children and Adolescents in Colombia” is available for download in English and Spanish.)

ICBF and University of Edinburgh’s End Violence Lab implemented an INSPIRE Coordination Course in 2021. Administered to over 150 participants, the course aimed to strengthen capacity among a multisectoral group of government and civil society representatives to refine and implement Colombia’s NAP, including translation of the plan to sub-national departments. 

Case Study: Challenges and lessons learned in the development of the Departmental Action Plans to end VAC in Colombia
English | Spanish (coming soon!)

Case Study: National Action Plan’s Monitoring Strategy
English | Spanish

The landscape analysis is the first comprehensive review of country experiences in transforming VACS results into action and included 225 stakeholders across 20 VACS countries, including Colombia. It provides evidence that the process of undertaking a VACS and the data-to-action model contributes to meaningful policy change and action to end violence against children and adolescents and gender-based violence. It also showcases the urgent need for increased funding for violence prevention and response.

Summary Report in Spanish | Summary Report in English | Full Technical Report in English

Universidad de los Andes hosted several graduate-level VACS Data-to-Policy Fellows, who each carried out an analysis of VACS data. Analytic reports are linked below, and a digital narrative summary of the analyses is available here:

Case Study 1: National Action Plan’s Monitoring Strategy  (English | Spanish)

Case Study 2: Challenges and lessons learned in the development of the Departmental Action Plans to end VAC in Colombia  (English | Spanish)

Case Study 3: The Role of Non-governmental Organizations in the NAP Development  (English | Spanish)

Case Study 4: Developing Evidence-based VAC Prevention and Response Policies  (English | Spanish)