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Monitoring of Bogota Social Inclusion Policies

Between September and December 2015, the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights and the Bogota Secretariat for Social Integration undertook a process of monitoring of public policies on Early Childhood, Ageing and Older People, and on Homelessness, in the light of the guarantee of Human Rights contained in the Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City.

Implemented as a pilot project in Bogota, the Human Rights Monitoring programme developed and coordinated by the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights was designed to accompany local governments on the assessment of their public policies in terms of rights. Hence, this programme enables to evaluate the situation of human rights in a given territory from a participatory perspective, and to propose actions and priorities to improve the guarantee of people’s rights.

It all aims to assess the extent at which local social policies are able to concretely and effectively guarantee and implement the rights contained in the Charter.

Therefore, by observing and analysing Bogota’s policies on social inclusion, this report aims at sharing learnt lessons concerning “Bogota Road of Rights” in order to support local governments starting this road of promotion, protection and guarantee of human rights, through a Human Rights approach in their public policies.

The evaluation was conducted by an international and multidisciplinary group of consultants from civil society, academia and local governments, thanks to a partnership with the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra and the Mexico City Operational Centre for Housing and Settlement (COPEVI).

This assessment also enabled to give feedback to the Charter with concrete public policies that effectively develop rights on the ground and that, sometimes, go beyond the Charter’s contents –which eventually creates new rights in changing and complex urban environments.


If you want further information to develop a Human Rights Monitoring program in your city, town or region, you can contact the Committee’s Executive Technical Secretariat: