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.

International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE)

ICCE was established in 1950 at the Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Colombo Plan remains one of the longest existing inter-governmental organisations in the region. Originally, it consisted of seven member countries, namely, Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom. However, it has since expanded to include 27 member countries including non- Commonwealth countries. Colombo Plan is based on the partnership concept of self-help and mutual help, with the objective of improving the socio-economic advancement of its member countries. Over the years, Colombo Plan has evolved to reflect the needs of member countries in a fast-changing global economic environment.

Since 2009 ICCE became an integral part of the global initiative funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), US Department of State. The establishment of ICCE is a response to the long-standing crisis of inadequate evidence-based programmes in the region and the dearth of trained addiction professionals.

ICCE Vision Statement

ICCE envisions to be the leading global credentialing organisation of drug demand reduction professionals who enhance the health, and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

ICCE Mission Statement

ICCE’s mission is to train, professionalise and expand the drug demand reduction workforce in the region.

ICCE Goals
  • To create a cadre of drug demand reduction professionals through the enhancement of their knowledge, skills and competence, thereby enabling them to provide quality services for their beneficiaries; 

  • To provide a global standard that encourages drug demand reduction professionals to continue learning for the purpose of providing quality services to their beneficiaries; 

  • To focus on the development of the individual professional and provide a formal indicator of his/ her current knowledge and competence; and 

  • To promote professional and ethical practice by enforcing adherence to a Code of Ethics. 

For further information please see

Study about Knowledge and Critical Skills to Implement Evidence-Based Drug Prevention Strategies

Colombo Plan is conducting a study about knowledge and critical skills to implement evidence-based drug prevention strategies in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. We are looking for persons working in the drug prevention field that would be willing to collaborate by answering a brief online survey (around 20 or 30 items) about their knowledge in this area. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up here: and we'll get back to you in

ICCE Mission to Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam,

On 26 July 2016, Mr. Nguyen Trong Dam, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labor-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) met with Mr. Tay Bian How, Director of the Colombo Plan International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professional (ICCE) to discuss possible collaboration in professionalising the Vietnamese addiction workforce.

UTC 1 and 2 Training for Tanzania National Trainers SUD Professionals

ICCE conducted its first training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 22nd February to 3rd of March 2016 at Kunduchi Beach Hotel. The 9-day training was planned to introduce the 15 participants from various professional sectors to the science of addiction, the basics of physiology and pharmacology and components of treatment. The training was funded by the US Department of State and organised in collaboration with the Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social