WHO WE ARE

Based in Cartagena de Indias, the Observatory of the Colombian Caribbean is a Social Science research centre recognised by the Colombian Research Council, COLCIENCIAS. It also has institutional management certification (ISO 9001) granted by ICONTEC International.

The Observatory is active in relation to eight departments in the north of Colombia, seven of which border the Caribbean Sea. Together these departments have a population of about 10 million people, which is three-quarters urban and distributed throughout 197 municipalities. It has 20 years of experience dedicated to researching issues of strategic concern to its region and has established a sustained interaction with the region’s principal actors.

 

The Observatory’s current research priorities are divided into four research tracks: ‘Strategic Futures Planning’; Economic, Social and Environmental Analysis for Public Policy-making’, ‘Rural Development and Food Security’ and ‘Caribbean Culture and Regional Development’. Given its independent status, the Observatory’s research activity is free from interference by any specific sectoral or other special interest.

 

The dynamic of the Observatory’s interaction with its environment has led to alliances and collaboration with a considerable number of the region’s organisations and academic, political and business leaders: with the region’s Universities, Chambers of Commerce, major private companies and departmental and municipal governments. At national level, the Observatory has a considerable track-record of work with ministries and other significant national entities: with the country’s National Planning Department, with the Ministry of Culture, with the Ministry for Information Technology and with the Colombian Research Council, COLCIENCIAS. At international level, there have been projects with the World Food Organisation, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme and USAID.

 

The Observatory of the Colombian Caribbean is jointly responsible, with the Dominican Republic, for the management of the Caribbean Node of the Millenium Project.

 
History

The idea for a regional think tank driving a research programme capable of having a decisive influence on strategic policy development for Colombia’s Caribbean region, first arose in discussions between the region’s leading academics at the end of the nineteen eighties and the beginning of the nineteen nineties. This group of academics was concerned by the absence of an institution in the region dedicated to reflecting on the Colombian Caribbean and thereby providing critical support for the building of its future society, and generating proposals for improving the quality of life of its inhabitants. A further goal was to better understanding at national level of the Colombian Caribbean’s sense of belonging.

Mission

‘That the Observatory of the Colombian Caribbean be a recognised research centre and a valued point of reference for decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and in civil society, facilitating the coordination of actions to foster the economic, social and cultural development of Colombian Caribbean region, such that its ideas are incorporated into national policies, development plans and private sector projects.’

 

‘This positioning is to be achieved through the development of high quality research, through impartiality and transparency, through alliances and joint ventures which deliver mutual benefits, by using social media and physical meeting spaces effectively to facilitate the social appropriation of new knowledge in a way which recognises the diversity of its stakeholders.’

 

‘The Observatory’s presence in the region is to be delivered by highly-qualified research teams which embrace continuing education, and are underpinned by optimal administrative and managerial practices.’

Vision

‘That the Observatory of the Colombian Caribbean be a recognised research centre and a valued point of reference for decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and in civil society, facilitating the coordination of actions to foster the economic, social and cultural development of Colombian Caribbean region, such that its ideas are incorporated into national policies, development plans and private sector projects.’

 

‘This positioning is to be achieved through the development of high quality research, through impartiality and transparency, through alliances and joint ventures which deliver mutual benefits, by using social media and physical meeting spaces effectively to facilitate the social appropriation of new knowledge in a way which recognises the diversity of its stakeholders.’

 

‘The Observatory’s presence in the region is to be delivered by highly-qualified research teams which embrace continuing education, and are underpinned by optimal administrative and managerial practices.’

 

Política de Calidad

Generar y divulgar conocimiento de excelencia, promoviendo el debate y produciendo propuestas que mejoren la calidad de vida de los habitantes de la región Caribe colombiana, satisfaciendo las necesidades de sus usuarios, con talento humano calificado, tecnología de punta y mejora continua de sus procesos.

Values
The Observatory of the Colombian Caribbean,
  • ‘Is a humanistic research centre which seeks complementarity between science and culture in the integration of the Caribbean region within the Colombian nation;
  • Practises and promotes quality, ethical standards of behaviour and aesthetics as core values;
  • Defends the predominance of the public interest over private interests;
  • Works to ensure that Colombian Caribbean cultural identities are recognised and valued.’
 
How we are organised

The Observatory’s Executive Director is its legal representative, charged with leading the management of research projects. The Executive Director is supported in this task by a Scientific Director who is responsible for the technical leadership of projects, quality control and the academic projection of the institution. The Observatory is administratively divided into four sections: projects, communications, finance and legal.

 
Miembros del Observatorio
 
 
 
Redes
Nodo del caribe 

El Nodo Caribe del Millenium Project fue fundado en la ciudad de Cartagena el 11 de septiembre del 2013 El Observatorio del Caribe Colombiano dirige el nodo del Caribe con Funglobe de Republica Dominicana.
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Riber 

Observatorio del Caribe es miembro fundador de la Red Iberoamericana de Prospectiva Riber.
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