Last updated: 08/3/2024

Basic Information

Geographic area
Institutions and agencies involved
Population group

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The programme aims to provide financial support to families with children and adolescents under the age of 18, ensuring they have access to a healthy diet, as well as ensuring proper monitoring of their growth and development while promoting their retention in the education system. Since 2007, the programme targeted indigenous communities in Colombia to be beneficiaries of these subsidies.

Colombia n.d. “Familias en Acción”. National Government of Colombia - Social Prosperity Website. Accessed 19 September 2023. Available at: ECLAC n.d. “Más Familias en Acción (More Families in Action)“. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database website. Accessed 23 January 2019. Available at:
Conditionalities (if any)
i) Bono de nutrición (Nutrition subsidy); Health: all children in the household must have 100% attendance to growth and development controls planned by the health center to which they are affiliated. ii) Bono de educación (Education subsidy): Education: Regular school attendance of the children (at least 80%). Children can not fail more than two school years. For both programmes, mothers and members of beneficiary households, are committed to attend the meeting and training spaces and care conferences scheduled by the municipality. Sanctions: In case of three continuous breaches or four during a year, the benefit will be suspended.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
i) Nutrition subsidy: Children below 6 years old; Depending on the region, the amount of the benefit and the age of elegibility varies. In most of the municipalities of the country, the benefit is given to children under 7 years old; in 16 big cities, the delivery is made to children up to 11 years old; ii) Education subsidy: Children between 4 and 18 years old.

Coverage and other information

Amount of benefits
i) Bono de nutrición (Nutrition subsidy): Between COP 63.525 and COP 74.100 /month per child in 2015; ii) Bono de educación (Education subsidy): Minimum amount of COP 10.600 and maximum of COP 58.225 monthly in 2015. Maximum 3 children per family.
Payment/delivery frequency
i) Bono de nutrición (Nutrition subsidy): Bimonthly; ii) Bono de educación (Education subsidy): Bimonthly (during 10 months, while the children attend the educational institutions).
Instrument of selection: 1) System for the Identification of Potential Social Programme Beneficiaries (SISBEN); 2) Unique Registry of Victims (RUV); 3) Census for indigenous population.