El Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Económica y Social «CERES», fundada el 28 de agosto de 1978, es una organización civil de derecho privado sin fines de lucro, con finalidades sociales y publicas, con autonomía de gestión técnica administrativa y financiera. Fue constituida legalmente con Personería Jurídica reconocida mediante Resolución Suprema Nº 197.067 de 1º de junio de 1982.

Es una organización que ha sido creada única y esencialmente, para contribuir a la investigación para la producción de conocimiento, la formación de talentos humanos para consolidar actores de cambio, la ejecución de proyectos y acciones de apoyo a procesos de incidencia social y además para la difusión, divulgación e interlocución de la producción académica de pensamiento social.

Actualmente los Asociados del CERES son: Roberto Laserna (Director y Representante Institucional), Rosario Léon, Pablo Cuba, Alberto Rivera, Humberto Vargas, Maria Teresa Zegada y Jean Paul Benavides

Organizational Profile: Center for the Studies of Social and Economic Reality – CERES

CERES is an academic institution dedicated to the research, analysis and communication of
national issues. It is a member of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLASCO) and other
geographic thematic networks.

Established in 1978, it has built a strong academic reputation that is characterized by its political
independence, its consistent commitment to the development of the social sciences, and its
accountability and efficiency in promoting initiatives to improve the living conditions of the
disadvantaged sectors.

CERES develops research projects within the field of social sciences, conducts consultancy studies
and gives support to community- based organizations. In addition, it runs an ongoing training
program for researchers and also organizes courses, seminars and training workshops.
The ideas generated in CERES are welcome in all media and its members are constantly invited to
participate in events and projects in Bolivia and abroad.

Furthermore, the institution has a library with information available to the public. University
professors, students, researchers and social scientists are among the most frequent users.
CERES promotes and carries out research in different areas of the social sciences, always trying to
develop multi -disciplinary perspectives.

The main research programs are integrated into specific development projects which, in turn, also
translate into human resource training. The main research is developed within the local
management of development , equity , decentralization and social participation , democratization
of the State and everyday life, the issues from urban and rural environments, family economies
that support dynamic rural and informal sector , environmental sustainability and community
forestry , and the multiple impact of the economy of coca and cocaine.

These investigations are usually part of comprehensive programs but are also specifically executed
in partnership with other institutions through funding or by consultancy studies.

CERES performs various activities to stimulate intellectual discussion and communication of
information and knowledge both within and outside the institution. It also participates in a series
of academic events at local, national and international level.

CERES is an important reference for understanding the social, political and economic processes in
the country. It operates under the belief that no development process would be sustainable if it is
not based on the expansion of equity, social participation and knowledge.

CERES, in compliance with its purpose and through its members or other associates, carries out
research activities, teaching and scientific collective reflection, consultation of highly qualified
human resources, collection and diffusion of scientific literature, consulting and advisory services,
project administration; onerous or subsidized funding of their projects , analysis on matters of
national interest and other similar or related activities.
CERES is a pluralistic, multidisciplinary organization that conducts research activities in order to
generate relevant knowledge about social processes, so that policy makers, academics, NGOs and
international cooperation may have a more relevant impact in enhancing the living conditions of
popular sectors.
The work of CERES is conducted under the principles of freedom, commitment, renewal, and
respect for plurality and social relations. It also aims for an impact over its environment through
the following:
 Construction of concepts and tools to understand social phenomena
 Construction of knowledge that guide the actions of various social actors
 Forming quality human resources
 Proving that it is possible to be free and committed intellectuals in a poor country.

Our guiding values are: freedom, commitment, equality, creativity and initiative, constant renewal,
respect for plurality, solidarity, and search for quality.