Thursday, September 21, 2023

Government launches Social Registry of Households to improve targeting of resources

This Monday, the Department of National Planning (DNP) Launched the Social Registry of Households, a tool that seeks to better target the nation’s resources.

This registry will consolidate all the socio-economic information of the families as well as the social programs that each one receives.

It is not a replacement for SysBene, but will be subsumed by, within 28 information bases, for the targeting of resources. All this information is protected under the framework of data protection legislation

It is, again, an information system with more detailed data on the economic and social conditions of households in Colombia. It comes from the administrative records of various institutions. It has 28 databases that allow to characterize the population and to identify the offer of the state they have accessed.

Jorge Iván González, director of the DNP, explained that “the combination of the Sisbane experience, together with what we learned in the pandemic, allows us to approach the registry as an increasingly powerful tool for improving public policy. Ideal formally be able to obtain the tools so that each person can live the kind of life they value”.

Gonzalez pointed out that this registry would reduce inclusion and exclusion errors, noting that strata is not a good indicator, as it only refers to housing., “We’ll never know what happens inside the household, the socioeconomic status,” he said.

“To the extent that we are strengthening the social registry, we can say to a family: You are in a good home, in the fifth grade, but you had many difficulties in the year, so this year you get a subsidy, because our The information we have is that members of the household have lost their jobs and one of the members is ill,” said the DNP director.

It is also a step on the way to a universal income registry, according to Gonzalez, “to know who pays taxes and who receives subsidies.”

Laura Pabon, DNP’s director of social development, spoke about the objectives sought by the registry. “It’s a registry that integrates self-reported socioeconomic information to improve spending targeting and monitoring of households and programs,” he said.

Pabon said that “the second thing is to follow up on the aid, to know what benefits each family receives, in a way that we can follow up.”


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