IICRD assists the Government of Colombia with Indicators for Protection in Early Childhood (Feb. 4 - 8)

Dr. Philip Cook, representing IICRD, has recently completed a 5 day visit to Colombia (Feb 5 - 8) to assist in developing national and municipal indicators for protection in early childhood (for children aged 0-6). The work lead by the Gov't of Colombia's De Cero A Siempre national inter-ministerial committee for ECD builds on IICRD's work on General Comment (GC) 13 (protection from violence against children) and an earlier 4 year initiative in Colombia that partnered with vulnerable families and communities to develop local indicators of risk and proteciton in the context of the early years. In this recent visit Dr. Cook met with national experts on ECD in Bogota to revise a draft set of indicators and then visisted the municpalities of Barranquilla and Pasto to field test the indicators. A final set of indicators will be shared with the Gov't of Colombia in March 2014.