Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) is the largest academic network in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was created in 1967 by an initiative of UNESCO, an organization with which it now maintains an advisory status. It brings together 668 research and postgraduate institutions from 51 countries of the continent and also from Europe, the United States, Australia and Russia. Among its objectives is to promote social research to combat poverty and inequality, the strengthening of human rights and democratic participation. As well as building bridges between social research and public policies, promoting innovative, creative and viable actions in the face of the great social, educational, cultural and environmental challenges of Latin America and the Caribbean. And one of its central axes is the promotion of participation, citizen mobilization and the strengthening of democracy.
Gloria Ostos, president of Participa Foundation is a member of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) as a researcher in the IX Call for the formation of the CLACSO 2019-2022 Working Groups in the area of State and Public Policies. According to the Go to Think Tank world ranking prepared by the University of Pennsylvania, CLACSO is the third Think Tank in Latin America with the most innovative ideas and proposals for public policies.