Who we are

The Social Observatory

Created in 1999, the Social Observatory (Observatorio Social) is an organization specialized in social politics, promoting social interaction at different levels and thereby stimulating new ways of thinking, comprehending and acting within the criteria of freedom and social equity. As an institution serving the community, it develops academic training activities in direct relation with organisations of the civil society. As a consultant, it provides services to the government and companies requesting consultancy on the use of human resources, as well as technical assistance on how to put social programmes and schemes into practice and instruction on development issues.

The staff at the Social Observatory pursues an analytical accuracy in the presentation of problems and strives to provide efficient answers to the necessities of the people who have limited possibilities of choosing their own way of life; furthermore, they understand that social politics needs to be driven and supported by the state, but that the participation of the community should be included as a principal and distinct element.

The Social Observatory generates a permanent space for communication in order to spread relevant knowledge, to canalize innovations regarding our way of thinking and in relation to the social work, and to assist the decision-makers of the public and social sectors. We have during the years grown and established contacts with people and institutions who share our view on development. This has enabled us to implement our projects and to obtain the financing in order to be able to incorporate professional specialists into our team.

The Social Observatory is a civil association with legal entity No. 001439, granted by the Argentine Public Registry of Commerce, Civil Associations and Foundations (Inspección General de Justicia) on 21st December 1999.

Advisory Council

María del Carmen Feijoo
Coordinator of the Program of Educative Reform at Ford's Fundation Office for the South Cone and Andine Countries. She was Official Coordinator of the Population Fund of the United Nations in Argentina and consultant for diverse international entities. She is chairwoman of the University of Buenos Aires and a sociologist in the same department.

Leonardo Gasparini
Director of the Center for Distributive Social and Work Studies of the National University of La Plata (UNLP) and advisor for the Editorial Committee of the Ecónomica magazine, published by the UNLP. In 2001 he was awarded by the Fulvio Salvador Pagani Prize by the Arcor Fundation. He has a Ph.D. in Economy from Princeton University and is Licensed in Economy at the UNLP.

Howard Glennerster
Economy and Public Services Finances expert, aimed at health, education and comparative social politics. He was a member of former UK prime minister Tony Blair's Social Reform team, and now is honoris causa and co-director of the Social Exclusion Analysis Center at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Bernardo Kosacoff
Director of the Economic Committee for South America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), Buenos Aires office. He is an Economic Politics teacher at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes since 1993. Licensed in Economy from the National University of Buenos Aires.

Ernesto Kritz
Specialized in work economy, he is a member and director of SEL Consultants. He has been a postgrade teacher in work economy at the University of Buenos Aires, advisor for the Nation's Presidency and occupied technical direction and managing seats at the International Work Organization.

Nohra Rey de Marulanda
International consultant and advisor for the Iberoamerican General Secretary. Economy graduate from the Andes University in Colombia with a master's degree at Sussex University, UK. She directed the Economy School and the Center for Economical Development Studies at the Andes University in Colombia. She was Manager of the Integration and Regional Programs Department for the Interamerican Development Fund, and Director of the Interamerican Institute for Social Development.


Eduardo P. Amadeo · President
Graduate in Economics from the Catholic University of Argentina. Was President of the Provincial Bank of Buenos Aires; Member of the National Parliament representing the province of Buenos Aires, where he chaired the Education Committee; Secretary of State of Social Development; Secretary of State of the Programme for the Prevention of Drug Addiction and Fight against Drug Trafficking; Secretary of Prevention and Assistance regarding Drug Addictions of the government of the province of Buenos Aires; The President's spokesman; Vice Director of the Leadership of the Cabinet of Ministers; Argentine ambassador in the United States and Department Director of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the MERCOSUR. Currently he is the President of the Argentine Association of Social Politics.

Gabriela V. Agosto · Executive Director Executive Director
PhD in Political Science and Sociology (Complutense University of Madrid); Master's Degree in Public Administration (University Institute Ortega and Gasset); Graduate in Sociology (University of Buenos Aires); member of the Argentine Association of Social Politics; member of the UNESCO Chair - University Torcuato Di Tella.

Silvia Gascón · Vicepresident
Master´s Degree in Management and Leadership of Social Welfare and Social Services (University of Alcalá, Spain and the OISS); Specialist in Health and Social Security Systems (National University of Lomas de Zamora and Foundation ISALUD); Professor of Psychology. Former manager of the Argentine government?s mission the "World Assembly about Ageing", carried out in Madrid, and alternate Vice President of the same (Madrid, 2002). She holds the position as Director of the Master's Degree in Management of Gerontology Services of the University Institute of the Foundation ISALUD and is technical coordinator of the project "The elderly, dependence and social services in selected countries of Latin America" Ibero-American Organisation of Social Security. Madrid, Spain.

Roberto Candiano · Secretary
Professor in Educational Sciences, graduate in Psycology (University of Buenos Aires). Former Social Manager INDES-BID and took the Master's Degree in Administration and Public Politicas (University of San Andrés). Former National Director of Social Organisation in the Ministry of Social Development of the Nation. Held various posts in the educational and social area in the public sphere as well as in the private. University teacher and Director of the Gutenber Foundation.

Alberto J. Calamante · Member
Chemical Engineer (UTN-FRBA). Former researcher and President of the National Institute of Science and Hydro Techniques; Coordinator of the Social Programmes of the Ministry of Social Development; consultant for the World Bank; the Inter-American Development Bank and the Agency of International Cooperation of Japan. University teacher and technical coordinator of the Programme of Social Developement in Border Areas of the NEA and NOA.

Miguel Paradela Di Riso · Treasurer
Treasurer and manager of the Administration. He is also a member and treasurer of the Directive Committee of the Argentine Association for Social Politics. Editor of the journal of the Social Observatory. Former consultant of the Study of Models of Contracting and Payment, Provincial Maternal and Childhood Security, PNUD; Consultant of the Secretary?s Office of the Programme for Prevention of Drug Addictions and Fight against Drug Trafficking of the Presidency of the Nation; financial responsible of the Social Observatory for the project Analysis of Participative Processes of Design and Implementation of Social Politics (ATN-SF-8887-RG) and general press coordinator of the Secretary of Industry, Commerce and Small and Medium-Sized Companies.

Silvana Pascucci · Executive Assistent
Graduate in Political Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Advanced Studies Diploma in Management and Control of Public Politics (the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO - The International Institute of Public Administration, INAP). Diploma in International Relations, Foundation Democracy - Society of Legislators of the Argentine Nation. She is currently studying in the final year of the Master's Degree in Strategy and Geopolitics in the Advanced School of Guerra Teniente General Luis María Campos.

Institutional Agreements Partnerships and Alliances

The Civil Association Social Observatory has established alliances and/or agreements of cooperation with the following institutions:

The NGO Working Group regarding the politics of the World Bank (GTONG)
The GTONG-BM-ARG has interacted with the World Bank and with international financial institutions for 20 years, trying to influence in a wide range of its activities, such as: their loans to the construction of major works of infrastructure in the developing countries; their politics and financing of programmes of structural adjustment; their politics of public information; their forms of accountability; the emphasis on poverty and their social programmes and, their politics of participation, among others.

URBAL (NETWORK No. 10 of URB-AL (Fight against the urban poverty)
Coordinated by the city of Sao Paulo; its objective consisted in improving the quality of the local public politics to combat the urban poverty in the cities of Latin America and Europe, during a period of 3 years. The constitution of this network of partner cities from both regions allows the coordination and development of strong and direct ties between the local autonomies and the implementation of actions in the long-term, through the spreading, exchange, acquisition and transfer of knowledge and experience of good practices and the promotion of joint initiatives.

The Argentine Association for Social Politics
We established ties with this organisation in connection with the organisation of the First and Second National Congress of Social Politics. We expect to develop our relations regarding the organisation of joint activities.

Interdisciplinary Centre of Territorial Studies (CIET)
The Social Observatory has a collaboration agreement with the Interdisciplinary Centre of Territorial Studies (CIET) with headquarters in Resistencia, Chaco.

Foundation Forum for Childhood Rights - FODENI
Cooperation agreement signed the 2nd December 1993 with the Foundation Forum for Childhood Rights - FODENI, in order to carry out activities with regard to childhood rights within the context of the programme "Promotion of the fulfilment of the Childhood Rights in Argentina. Public Impact of the Guaranteed Minimum Income proposals".

University of Salvador/Foundation Tecsal and the Group of National Universities of the Great Argentine North
Cooperation agreement with the University of Salvador/Foundation Tecsal and the Group of National Universities of the Great Argentine North, formed by the National Universities of Cordoba, Catamarca, The North East, Formosa, Jujuy, Misiones, Santiago del Estero, La Rioja and Tucumán. The objective is to participate jointly in the formulation of a proposal to provide the necessary consultancy services for the design and execution of a survey of the conditions of childhood health in the indigenous populations within the framework of the investment project in Provincial Maternal and Childhood Health.

United Group of the South and Voxiva
Agreement with the United Group of the South and Voxiva for the presentation of a consultancy proposal for: "External Evaluation of the Programme VIGI+A with regards to its Work in the Areas of Epidemiological Surveillance, Disease Control and Health Promotion". Programme VIGI+A.

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