Care of the elderly in Colombia and Latin America: socio-legal context (exploratory phase 2000-2019

Project: Research Project

Project Details


The proposed research is conceived as part of the project "The situation of women workers in the care economy: comparative perspectives between Colombia and Quebec", developed by the University of Rosario and the University of Quebec in Montreal, which seeks to deepen the issue of the care economy from a comparative perspective between the two countries, looking in depth at paid caregivers in the private sector, especially the work done by women in both countries and the situation of people working in the establishments.

Despite the fact that the contexts of Colombia and Canada are different, the aim is to investigate the value of this work in the social, economic and legal spheres and what they have in common, concentrating on the analysis of the situation of people who are paid for home care in the search for legislation, social policies, legal literature and non-legal literature, which will make it possible to establish factors that have an impact on their working conditions (remuneration, working hours, security, employment and social protection (access to social security).

Under this panorama arose the project "The care of the elderly in Colombia and Latin America: socio-legal context (exploratory phase 2000-2019)", that has as objective to make a systematic revision on the care of the elderly in Colombia and Latin America, identifying the socio-legal context of the protection of the workers of the care from year 2000 to date, to articulate the investigation results with the revision that the University of Quebec in Montreal advances.

The reference project is characterised by the use of the bibliographic manager Zotero and by the involvement of young researchers, students of the Master's degree in Human Rights and members of the Learning and Research Resources Centre (CRAI) of the University of Rosario.


1.Virtual space in the Zotero platform to share information about the project.
2.In the face of the normative lack of the topic, the findings will allow to advance the search of alternatives that guarantee the rights of the caregivers. That is to say, to provide for their work to be remunerated.
3. Publication and dissemination - Production of a scientific article for publication in an indexed journal - dissemination means: Labor Observatory -Manage inter-clinical work GAP Y GAPI-
4.A local investigative meeting.
An international research meeting.
Memories of the local research meeting.

Commitments / Obligations

1. Espacio virtual en la plataforma Zotero para compartir la información relativa al proyecto.
2. De cara a la falencia normativa del tema, los hallazgos encontrados permitirán adelantar la búsqueda de alternativas que garanticen los derechos de los cuidadores. Es decir, prever para que su trabajo sea remunerado.
3. Publicación y divulgación – Realización de un artículo científico para publicación en revista indexada - medios de divulgación: Observatorio Laboral -Gestionar el trabajo inter-clínicas GAP Y GAPI-
4. Un encuentro investigativo local.
5. Un encuentro investigativo internacional.
6. Memorias del encuentro investigativo local.
Effective start/end date3/12/202/15/22

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Main Funding Source

  • Competitive Funds
  • Seed Capital


  • Bogotá D.C.


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