Colombo Plan

The history of the Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific, one of the oldest regional inter-governmental organizations dates far back as 1950, when the idea was first conceived to enhance economic and social development of the countries of the region. The Colombo Plan was established on 1 July 1951 by Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom and currently has expanded to include 26 member countries including non-Commonwealth countries and countries belonging to regional groupings such as ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). The Colombo Plan is a partnership concept of self-help and mutual-help in development aimed at socio-economic progress of its member countries.

The objectives of the Colombo Plan
  • to promote interest in and support for the economic and social development of Asia and the Pacific;
  • to promote technical cooperation and assist in the sharing and transfer of technology among member countries;
  • to keep under review relevant information on technical cooperation between the member governments, multilateral and other agencies with a view to accelerating development through cooperative effort;
  • to facilitate the transfer and sharing of the developmental experiences among member countries within the region with emphasis on the concept of South-south cooperation.

The Drug Advisory Program (DAP)

DAP is part of the Colombo Plan and is the only regional intergovernmental programme exclusively aimed at capacity building for drug demand reduction in the Asia and Pacific Region. During the last three decades the DAP has assisted member counties in initiating the process of policy evolution, in finding appropriate solutions on a bilateral and/or multi-lateral basis and in encouraging national efforts among member countries towards drug demand reduction.

Since its inception, DAP has focused on responding to the changing needs of member countries that face multi-faceted problems in regards to illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse. DAP has embarked on several innovative strategies in six arms.

DAP Networks
  • Prevention
  • Youth
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Special Services for Children
  • Supply Reduction and Law Enforcement
  • Curriculum Development and Credentialing
  • Expert /Advisory
  • Publications

The services in these networks are also extended to non-member countries, keeping up with the Colombo Plan mandate of self-help and mutual-help in development.

Panel Discussion on Women in Recovery

Event Date
New Delhi
Celebrate International Women's Day with Women in Recovery. Ecolink Institute in association with its alumni association is hosting a Panel Discussion on "Women in SUD Treatment and Recovery" on 8 March 2024 from 6.30. PM (Indian Time)

International Symposium on Drug-Related Studies 2022 Sri Lanka (In-person/ Online)

Event Date
Sri Lanka

The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board have proudly planned to conduct an International Symposium on Drug-Related Studies 2022 will be held from 1st and 2nd December 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka to facilitate the exchange of information among professionals in the fields of medical, scientific, law, justice, social sciences, education,

International Symposium on Drug Related Studies 2022

UTC Report in Benue state, Nigeria dated 1st August 2022.

The training on Universal Treatment Curriculum 1 & 2 organized by Foundation for Changing Lives Against Substance Abuse (FOCLASA) took place between 1st to 6th August, 2022 at the conference hall of Smile View Hotel, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.
ISSUP Nigeria Colombo Plan

Partner Profile Colombo Plan

Presented as part of the Uniting the global community to face the challenge of addiction event, online, on 16th May, 2022 Abstract: Partner Profile Colombo Plan Partner Profiles Our partners introduce their missions, programs, and resources...

UTC 4A Training Report - September 2021

The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme is pleased to share this Training Report on Universal Treatment Curriculum 4A, psychoeducation for clients & Families.

The rapidly changing composition of the global street drug supply and Its effects on high-risk groups for COVID-19

Scientific article
The majority of street drugs, in some cases more than ninety-five percent, now have multiple toxic adulterants. This research review brings to the attention of public health officials, addiction medicine specialists, treatment officials, therapists, and the general public the alarming increase of dangerous toxic adulterants being added to street drugs and their potentially lethal synergistic effects.
ISSUP Current Psychopharmacology