Quisqueya Strategy

General information

The Quisqueya Strategy is a working strategy of the Dominican government, promoted by the Presidency in order to increase the effectiveness and outcomes of social policies aimed at reducing poverty and social exclusion, strengthening the middle class and promoting active citizenship and participation. As a government strategy, it promotes and enhances participation and active involvement of the various actors in Dominican society in lines related to action plans and programs, promoting social cohesion and human development of people and communities; equally, equitable and progressive, thereby ensuring the general welfare of the population and promoting the values that sustain social development.

The strategy has three basic related components: The National Literacy Plan “Quisqueya Aprende Contigo”; the National Plan of Comprehensive Care for Early Childhood “Quisqueya Empieza Contigo”; and Local Integrated Development Plan “Quisqueya Somos Todos”.

Country Dominican Republic
Type Estrategia
Classification Income, Health and nutrition, Production
Website http://digepep.gob.do/quisqueya-sin-miseria
Responsible institution

Presidencia de la República Dominicana (Presidencia de la República)


National Literacy Plan “Quisqueya Aprende Contigo”

  • Purpose: Overcoming illiteracy among young people and adults (15 and over) enabling access to education, social inclusion and citizenship, development of opportunities and integration to work, for better life quality, through a process of national social mobilization.
  • General objectives
    1. Achieving literacy for youth and adults (15 and over) throughout the country.
    2. To ensure that literate young people and adults (15 and over) continue their basic education studies.
    3. Expand opportunities for literate youth and adults (15 and over) in order improve their productive skills.
  • Specific objectives
    • a.1) Have effective Literacy Methods, in accordance with the guidelines and Flexible Curriculum Model of Adult Basic Education defined by the MINERD.
    • a.2) Promote awareness and integration of the different stakeholders in order to promote the design and implementation of Local Literacy Projects in necessary places.
    • a.3) Identify illiterate young people and adults in all municipalities, communities or organizations in the country.
    • a.4) Design and implement local projects in regards to Literacy for young people and adults which have been identified in each municipality, community or organization.
    • a.5) Support, oversee and monitor the implementation of Local Literacy Projects in each municipality, community or organization.
    • a.6) Certify learning for literate young people and adults.
    • a.7) Create an Information System for the National Literacy Plan.
    • a.8) Ensure that young people and adults with disabilities or special needs that hinder their literacy are able to obtain full literacy.
    • b.1) Motivate young people and adults who are literate to continue their studies in Basic Education.
    • b.2) Create or strengthen the provision of basic education for youth and adults in the places where Local Literacy Projects exist.
    • b.3) Locate every literate person, after evaluation, into the module (level) corresponding to their education.
    • b.4) Encourage young people and adults that become literate to continue their education in actions under the Plan.
    • c.1) Ensure that participants in the Local Literacy Projects identify alternatives through which they could improve their productive capacity.
    • c.2) Identify the needs of vocational technical training of participants in local literacy projects.
    • c.3) Provide, appropriate to the needs of participants in the Local Literacy Projects, vocational technical training.
    • d.1) Support youth and adult participants in Local Literacy Projects to decide and design how to harness their development potential.
    • d.2) Promote the integration of participants with similar interests or in actions related to the realization of joint projects, through cooperatives or other associative forms.
    • d.3) Channel technical support for participants in the Local Literacy Projects in order to accomplish their own business ventures.
    • e.1) Inform and mobilize as many organizations and citizens to participate in literacy activities.
    • e.2) Promote national and international partnerships to support the National Literacy Plan.
    • e.3) Promote the integration of young people and adults that become literate towards public actions related to local and national needs.
    • e.4) Promote the active participation of young people and adults that become literate into local organizations.
  • MLAs
    1. Literacy
    2. Continuity in basic education
    3. Vocational technical training
    4. Encouragement for entrepreneurship
    5. Organizational skills and social participation

National Plan of Comprehensive Care for Early Childhood “Quisqueya Empieza Contigo”

  • General objective: Establish a system for protection and comprehensive care for early childhood, seeking to organize, coordinate, integrate and regulate the supply of existing services in the country and expand the supply in coverage and quality through a set of strategies for comprehensive care aimed at children aged 0 to 5 years, their families and communities.
  • Specific objectives:
    1. Establish the framework for early childhood by defining a protection and comprehensive care system in order to define a general structure that clearly establishes the governing institutions and provides instances of service provision consistent with the adequacy of its legal framework.
    2. Establish and implement an intervention model for the protection, quality and comprehensive care that is included in early childhood models with direct attention to children, family formation, initial school education, attention to disability conditions and special educational needs.
    3. Provide services that are direct and include comprehensive care for children aged 0 to 4 through full-time comprehensive care centers for early childhood (childcare centers) and the program of comprehensive care for families and communities (Family Networks and Community Care Centers for Children and Families).
    4. Expand the supply of pre-primary services to children of 5 years of age.
    5. Strengthen competences related to protection and comprehensive care for families of children under the age of 5.
    6. Establish and implement a training program for human resources in order to provide protection and comprehensive care in early childhood in institutions, family and community based programs.
  • Components and/or products:
    • Early education
      Early Childhood Education is conceived as a stage of comprehensive care for children from conception to the age of 6, and is understood as a continuous, permanent, timely and a relevant process of social interactions and quality relationships that enable the boys and girls to enhance their capabilities and develop life skills.
    • Health and Nutrition
      It is based on the premise that health is a right and that it be provided universally for the population aged 0 to 5 years old in established priority territories. As part of the implementation strategies, the Ministry of Public Health is the main guarantor in the provision of health services, basically regarding the supply of primary care for the population aged 0-5 years and their families. Interventions identified to provide the greatest impact on mother and children’s health in each of the relevant stages that are part of the plan, these include:
      1. Preconception care: Promotion of the council for Sex and Reproductive Education, Teen Pregnancy Prevention.
      2. Prenatal Care: Early Detection of Pregnancy, Tracking Evolution of Pregnancy, Reducing Complications of Pregnancy, Breastfeeding Promotion and Attachment.
      3. Delivery Care and Post-Partum: Universal Coverage for Safe Motherhood, Reduction of Neonatal Sepsis.
      4. Newborn Care (under 28 days): Coverage of Institutional Care during the first hours of life, Early Detection of Warning Signs, Institutional Capacity Assurance for timely Detection and Complications Management at Birth and Vaccines for Preventable Diseases (according to the Expanded Immunization Plan).
      5. Care for children under the age of 5: Ensuring Universal Coverage for Consultations for Growth and Development, Promoting Healthy Parenting Styles / Positive, Proper Treatment and Early Stimulation, Comprehensive Care of Children.
      Interventions with extensive coverage in the country's hospitals are also considered; these should provide institutional support to health centers that deliver more maternity coverage and pediatric care, mainly concentrated during pregnancy and in the first three years of life. It seeks to improve the conditions of the pregnant mother, redefine control protocols, care and prevention of infectious diseases.
      Among the objectives of QEC Plan, it aims to ensure good nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood, ensuring access to micronutrients, promotion of breastfeeding (exclusive in the first 6 months), including strategies such as milk banks, “kangaroo” mothers, facilities for breastfeeding in working hours, and others. Education regarding healthy eating and menu planning is to be made easier for parents to implement through simple processing techniques which enable the provision of healthy foods in order to provide a healthy diet to their children.
    • Early Detection and Care for Special Educational Needs and Disability Status
      This Plan provides for the integration and care of children from 0 to 5 years of age that live with a disability, providing care, education, and rehabilitation for children who have special educational needs, accompanying them in the process of treatment and cognitive, physical and emotional growth.
    • Protection from Abuse and Violence
      The Plan provides for the prevention, detection, referral and attention to situations of abuse, violence, neglect and other forms of infringement and violation of rights of children from 0 to 5 years of age in their family, institutional and community settings. It is implemented in close coordination with the National Council for Children and Youths; Local Protection Systems in priority territories are strengthened.
    • Birth Registration and Identity
      Increased birth registration coverage, both in time or late, of children from 0 to 5 years of age and their families, in coordination with the Central Electoral Board. Families are supported in order to obtain this document.
    • Family involvement and community
      The full development of children is reinforced when, through interventions, participation from their community and family is promoted. The success of socio-educational programs is greater when the decisive participation of the family is promoted. This combination increases efficiency, relevance, chances of survival and development of the child, family and community. In the Plan, families and communities participate in making decisions and the provision of organizational support, management and operation of programs, participating in practices related to self-education and exchange of learning experiences regarding parenting practices as well as promoting partnerships for the comprehensive development of children under the age of 5.

The Local Integrated Development Plan “Quisqueya Somos Todos”

This initiative seeks to improve the quality of life of communities and promote the development of citizenship, through the formulation and implementation of Integrated Local Development Plans in a coordinated and participatory manner.

  1. Support the development of productive capacities of impoverished communities.
  2. Increasing the impact of state intervention in the territories, through the strengthening of coordination of actions for the various ministries, local governments and social and community organizations.
  3. Support and monitor the implementation of Integrated Local Development Plans.
  4. Promote the dissemination and exchange of experiences between communities with Local Development Plans and the general population.
  5. Assess, systematize and socialize the implementation process of the Comprehensive Plans of Local Development.

Priority areas of action are:

  1. Local Economic Development
  2. Sociocultural and Institutional Development
  3. Habitat Development

Transversal Axes are:

  1. Gender
  2. Social participation
  3. Information and communication technologies
  4. Environmental sustainability
  5. Integrated Risk Management
Normative framework

Decreto 491-12 que crea la Estrategia Quisqueya Sin Miseria

Decreto 546-12 que declara de alto interés Nacional la Alfabetización

Decreto 102-13 Crea el Sistema Nacional de Protección Integral a la primera infancia

Lineamientos del Plan Nacional de Protección y Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia

Decreto 87-15, Plan Rescate Cuenca Río Ozama

Decreto 260-14, Rios Ozama e Isabela

Target population

National Literacy Plan Quisqueya Aprende Contigo

Young people and adults (15 and over) of the country.

National Plan of Comprehensive Care for Early Childhood Quisqueya Comienza Contigo

Children up to 5 years old within the country.

Local Integrated Development Plan Quisqueya Somos Todos

Communities, urban and rural, prioritized in all provinces by the central government, in relation to indicators of poverty, violence rate, governance, among others.