United Nations Development Programme, UNDP

Podcast: Daniel Gomez — How Colombia accelerated the expansion of its social safety net (The Innovation Dividend)

The Innovation Dividend explores how innovation in society and government are paying off. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be exploring how ‘policy frontliners’ are innovating in real time in the COVID-19 pandemic and asking which of these changes and “raw learnings” might become part of our new normal. Daniel Gomez Gaviria, Vice Minister of Planning in Colombia, tells us about the unprecedented expansion of Colombia’s social welfare programmes (powered by the SISBEN information system), and how it is reaching out to the hardest-to-reach — including those without bank accounts. We also hear an uncommon perspective on global trade and supply chains that runs counter to what many other countries are doing and how the pandemic might affect Colombia’s meeting culture long after it has subsided.