Bogotá Cómo Vamos

 Citizen initiative to monitor public policies and quality of life in Bogota 


Bogotá Cómo Vamos seeks to promote an effective and transparent government, a better informed and participative citizenry and a network around the topic of urban living quality. Its main activities are the development of reports on the quality of life of city dwellers and Citizen Perception surveys.


  • 16 years going on
  • More than 50 publications on the quality of urban life
  • In 2013 an online open data platform was created ( with technical and perception indicators
  • In 2014 the initiative trained 150 social leaders in 6 different locations in Bogotá

Did you know?

In 2000 and 2002 the initiative won the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Enviroment.  

Sustainability and Replicability

10 Cómo Vamos Programs have been created in Colombia so far (Medellín, Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga Metropolitan Area, Manizales, Ibagué, Pereira, Valledupar and Yumbo)

60 Cómo Vamos Programs have been created in Latin America so far (Brazil, Bolivia, Perú, Argentina, Colombia, México, Uruguay, Ecuador and Paraguay)

Lessons learned

When establishing the city monitoring programs it is key to:

1) Invest in getting information at the local level (usually this kind of information is lacking)

2) Establish uniform and aligned indicators to be able to compare cities

3) Promote continuos learning and knowledge exchange

Take Action

  • Join the forums, citizens debates and working groups of Bogota Cómo Vamos.
  • Be informed and take part in initiatives such as this in other cities of Latin America. Contact the Latin American Network for Fair, Democratic and Sustainable Cities and Territories. 

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