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Course content and design / Our team

This course has been conceived by UNESCO’s MOST Programme (Management of Social Transformations), as an initiative of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean. Various universities, academic councils, think-tanks, government bodies and international organizations are involved.

This course is intended as a contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 10: reduce inequalities in and among countries, as well as Goal 16: promote peaceful and inclusive societies, and provide access to justice for all. Furthermore, it is interested in including contributions to attain Goal 5, achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and 11: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Its aims are:

• To contribute to strengthening the nexus between research and public policies, with emphasis on policies to struggle against inequality, providing an overview of their challenges and prospects.

• To identify tools, strategies and practices that enable knowledge and research to be placed at the service of public policies aimed at lessening inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

• To identify research and public policy challenges and opportunities to help lessen inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The four-week course will cover the following issues:

Week 1 - Knowledge, policies and management. What do we do with what we know and with what we do not know? Do we fully realize the inequalities existing in Latin America and the Caribbean? Are we really producing the knowledge necessary for this day and age? What knowledge do decision-makers need?

Week 2 – The dimension of inequality. Have the questions changed in the 21st century? What is inequality? Why are we the most unequal region in the world? Is struggling against poverty enough to lessen inequality? Is sustainable development possible if inequality exists?

Week 3 - Knowledge management for policies. Sources, means and strategies to face inequality. We assess policies, but do we assess equity? What role does civil society play in having an impact along the path of decision? How do we communicate to different audiences? Communication and action networks.

Week 4 – Transformation routes against inequality. Towards new knowledge and public action architectures. What is the importance of information systems in social policies? Research-action approaches for social transformation. The axiological approach in policies. Key messages in the pending agenda.

There are spaces for comments in each activity where participants can insert reflections, testimonials and establish horizontal communication with other participants and with the course lecturers. We hope that this will build up a true community in dialogue and crossing learning.

At the end of each week, a repository of information resources, bibliographic and web reference links will be provided. For this item we are grateful for the contributions made by ECLAC, CLACSO, IDRC, SEGIB, PNUD, FLACSO, among other important bodies.

Thematic communities may also be generated here, interested in delving deeper into some particular issue. In all these opportunities, we aspire to forge a community that is respectful of other people’s ideas, that is honest in its positions, with debate on the arguments and the greatest respect for others, be they participants or lecturers.

It is expected that the participants in the course, in this FutureLearn Platform, will behave in an appropriate manner. The Platform itself contains a Code of Conduct, available in English and open to consultation.

Our Team

This course is a meeting point for participants from many countries who have accepted the invitation to join us over these coming four weeks. But it is also a meeting point with lecturers having a wide and distinguished record of accomplishment in the issues addressed by the course.

UNESCO, the organizing institution, would like to promote the debate at international level on inequality, one of the most urgent issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. The MOST Programme incorporates in its Latin America and Caribbean agenda this challenge by conjugating, on the one hand, its vocation as liaison between knowledge and public policies and, on the other, better understanding and overcoming of inequalities in our region.


Luis Carrizo, Academic Coordinator (UNESCO)

Karina Batthyany, Universidad de la República / CLACSO Executive Committee

Andrés Morales, Regional Specialist, Social and Human Sciences (UNESCO)



Lidia Brito, Regional Director for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean


Guillermo Anlló, Science, Technology and Innovation Policies

Guilherme Canela, Communication and Information.

Zelmira May, Education

Frédéric Vacheron, UNESCO Mexico


Ximena Serra, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO

Inés Garese, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO

María Noel Pereyra, Graphic Design, UNESCO

Paula Santos, Communication, UNESCO

Felipe Berhau, Community Manager, UNESCO


Lais Abramo, Director of the Department for Social Development, ECLAC.

Fred Carden, Director, Using Evidence Inc., Canadá

Alexandre Barbosa, Executive Director, Cetic.br, Brazil

Marianela Armijo, former Consultant ILPES/ECLAC

Enrique Mendizábal, Director onthinktanks.org

Jairo Acuña, UNDP, Leader of Governance, Latin America and the Caribbean

Aldo Magoga, UNESCO Consultant

Roberto Saba, University of Palermo (Argentine)

Armando Barrientos, Manchester University

Vivian Newman, Deputy Director, Dejusticia (Colombia)

Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, Oxford University

Juliana Martínez-Franzoni, Universidad de Costa Rica

Jack Couriel, former Vice-Minister of Housing, Land Planning and Environment (Uruguay)

Lilián Abracinskas, Executive Director, Women and Health in Uruguay (Mujer y Salud en Uruguay - MYSU)

José Joaquín Brunner, Executive Council FARO Group (Ecuador)

Andrés Lalanne, Rector CLAEH University (Uruguay)

Alicia Lissidini, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina)

Miguel Fernández-Galeano, Specialist in Public Health (Uruguay)

Ana Laura Martínez, Cetic.br (Brasil)

François Vallaeys, Universidad del Pacífico (Peru)

Raquel Martínez-Gómez, Blog Ceniza de Ombú (Spain)


Julia Zulver, Oxford University


Victoria Swarbrick, Translator

Cath Collins, Translator

La Penúltima Films, Filming

Verum Group, Audiovisual Edition and Teaching streamlining.

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Inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean: Research, Policy and Management for Social Transformations