This Observatory, funded by the Ford Foundation, is administered from the University of Miami’s Center for Latin American Studies and is a three-year project (2007-2010).

The goal of this project is to foster attention and research on social and economic inequalities in Latin America, and their effects on society and politics. The centerpiece of this project is this web portal, as a source for information and studies on inequality in the region, as well as an avenue for interaction among scholars, practitioners, activists and policy-makers. With this observatory, we seek to foster an inter-disciplinary and global community of individuals who want to create more equitable societies in Latin America. We have a working paper series on inequality on our portal.

We have also funded research on inequality in the form of small grants (US$5000 each) to individuals and institutions. In June 2007, we gave out six small individual grants, and in April 2008, we gave out eight institutional and four individual grants. See the link to small grants regarding grant recipients. We will soon let you know if we will be able to offer small grants in 2009.

Dr. Merike Blofield (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami) is Project Director for the Observatory. Mr. José Flores (Ph.D. student, Department of International Studies, UM) is the Graduate Assistant for the project. Please feel free to contact them with any questions.

Observatory on Inequality in Latin America
Center for Latin American Studies
Memorial Building 125 L
1111 Memorial Drive, University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33124-2302
Tel: 305-284 3380