Award Ceremony of the UNESCO/ Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Sciences Research in Latin America and the Caribbean
The award ceremony of the UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place on 26 October 2015 within the framework of the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum.
Manuel Alejandro Olivera Andrade (Bolivia) was designated as winner of the 2015 Edition of the Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, on the recommendation of an international jury.
Olivera Andrade has won the Prize in recognition of the relevance of his work, which focuses on a contemporary issue, namely how a country can benefit from the natural resources it owns, all the more so given the rising importance of resources such as Lithium as an alternative source of energy. In addition, his work efficiently demonstrates the linkage between research and public policy, which is fundamental to winning this Prize.
Created in 2009 at the initiative of the Government of the Dominican Republic, the purpose of the UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize is to reward the best social science theses written by young researchers from the Latin American and Caribbean region, which have made a significant contribution to the promotion of social science research related to social development policies.
The laureate is selected by an international jury, and will receive the sum of US $10,000, in addition to the publication of his/her thesis under the auspices of UNESCO.
For this edition, the laureate was selected among candidates from 9 countries from the region who presented outstanding research projects on a wide variety of topics.
The number of nominees and the quality of the projects demonstrates the commitment of young researchers to engage in social transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean.