What we don’t eat
Organisation: El Tiempo Colombia (Colombia)
Publication Date: 04/11/2017
Size of team/newsroom:small
DescriptionEarly 2016 a corruption scandal demonstrated how private children foundations contracted by the Colombian Government to distribute scholars meals took advantage of State funds and gain money over gave poorest meals to the children. What we don’t eat is an investigative report developed by El Tiempo Data Unit. This investigation reveals the real causes of food unsafety in Colombia. The famine is killing not only children living in ethnic territories hit by the conflict and the poverty but other people. Colombia has places without food security where entire populations are affected, but children carry the worst part. El Tiempo Data Unit collected, compiled, cleaned and standardised the whole list of private foundations that had a contract with Colombian Government which contract's subjects involved children nutrition under 5 years old from 2013 to 2015. After a data analysis, we visited the three regions & the capital with the highest levels of malnutrition in children under 5 years old. The on-the-spot investigation revealed that corruption was not the only cause of malnutrition in the country: poverty, climate change, war and the State's ignorance of the culture of the people are too ingredients that impact safety food in Colombia. Currently, the Office of the Prosecutor is carrying 20 investigations throughout the country to foundations contracted by the ICBF(Colombian Government Children Institute) to serve early childhood.
What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?El Tiempo Data Unit collected, cleaned and standardised the whole list of private foundations that had a contract with Colombian Government which contract's subjects involved children nutrition under 5 years old from 2013 to 2015. This database enables to the public make a search by contractor and city or village. Additionally, it shows contract total amount, contract start date, contract finish date, contract number, contractor or company name. The Office of the Prosecutor is currently investigating many of these foundations for corruption. El Tiempo data unit interviewed native populations, because of this it was necessary to incorporate translations of specific ethnic languages, to show the dimension of the problem.
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