In order to address this multidimensional issue, a program to support the development of public policies aimed at reducing inequalities will be implemented through the Extension of the EU-AFD Research Facility on Inequalities (RFI), in close collaboration with the Colombian government.
Preliminary research is already underway in partnership with the Fedesarrollo research center, which is in charge of drafting a diagnostic of inequalities. This diagnostic, based on the Handbook developed during the first phase of the Facility, provides an overview of inequalities in the country on different themes (income, health, education, etc.). This multidimensional study will thus make it possible to identify priority areas of intervention for the reduction of inequalities in the country and will serve as a basis for further research and public policy dialogue between the various actors concerned. The diagnostic will also be a relevant tool to accompany the Colombian government in the implementation of programs that have an effect on the reduction of inequalities.
In addition, the topic of tax policy and public spending was also raised in prior consultations with various Colombian stakeholders and thus emerged as a focus for the Extension of the RFI. Research work was initiated using the Commitment to Equity (CEQ) methodology. This study will permit to evaluate the impacts of a set of public policies that could be implemented to reduce inequalities in the country in close collaboration with the Colombian government.
In parallel, the Extension of the RFI will produce, in partnership with DANE, a statistical study on inequality in Colombia. It will strengthen the production of Colombian statistics on inequalities, making accurate and robust data available to the public. More generally, this study aims to support decision-making in terms of public policies and actions or reforms aimed at reducing inequalities in Colombia.