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LEGAL TOOLS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA

It seems to be a general rule that the accumulation of wealth is inversely proportional to the level of interest in others. In the last decade we have witnessed great advances in technology and innovation that have surprised the masses, but above all have enriched some and accentuated the poverty of others.
Faced with this terrible situation, governments have been left without effective responses to reduce the disparity between social sectors, as evidenced by an ECLAC report of May of this year, which states that although the levels of inequality in income distribution in Latin America have been reduced from 2008 to 2015, this has only been by 1.8%, which according to the agency is too slow and insufficient if it is truly to ensure sustainability in the development of Latin American nations.
Nevertheless, change is possible, and this is well known to members of the more than 10 million non-governmental organizations around the world, to corporations that call on their employees to join social causes, to volunteer first responders and to those who make individual efforts to reduce the gap between the absurdly rich and the extremely poor.
These individuals and groups have not only managed to generate a positive and transforming impact in the most neglected communities hit by disasters and corruption, but also, through their work, have positioned themselves as key players in the political debate, being voluntary action the means of expression that civil society has used to present and propose solutions that attack the root causes of poverty and systemic inequality, from a citizen-to-citizen approach.
Through volunteering the most precious values of man and the principles of the Social State of Law are channeled, which is why it would be inadmissible, then, not to contemplate the implications of this work from a legal point of view.
In Colombia, this recognition arrived with Law 720 of 2001 and Decree 4290 of 2005, both are giant achievements in legislative matters since, respectively, they establish regulatory principles for volunteer action and create the DANSOCIAL, an entity in charge of serving as government support to volunteers; however, not everything has been said, it is still necessary to materialize certain sections of both regulatory bodies (e.g. departmental volunteer councils at national level) and to consolidate the synergic interaction between corporate volunteering and formal and informal volunteering.
Not little has been achieved, but much remains to be done, and part of this task must fall, unfailingly, on the law as a social science of the human spirit as a means of cultural evolution and on local governance bodies, in order to make effective the higher mandates of the constitution and the law, so that voluntary action is not only recognized, but also protected and encouraged.
 
 
Download document AGREEMENT FOR VOLUNTARY ACTIONS
Download document FINALIZATION OF THE VOLUNTEER ACTION AGREEMENT
Download document AGREEMENT FOR VOLUNTARY ACTIONS

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