Achieving sustainable development in Latin America, and specifically in the Andes+ region, continues to be a major challenge. Although some progress has been made towards an adequate understanding of the barriers that impede progress towards this goal, the advances have been more thematically driven than with an integrated approach; with collaborative efforts of existing networks, particularly from research and practice in mountains, focused on socio-ecological variables of sustainable development.

However, it has been difficult to define and coordinate a strategic research or teaching agenda for the region in order to contribute to this purpose. On the other hand, there is a gap in translating results of research to practice and policy. One of the reasons that explain this situation is the challenge researchers face in adequately capturing information needs from decision makers, and based on that, carrying out studies that offer useful and relevant results for public or private sector management and decisions.


Project Objectives and Activities

Conéctate-A+ responds to an urgent need for and the setting up of a hub in the Andes+ region that fosters effective collaborative research with an integrated approach, allowing a more systematic and long-term effort to address research knowledge needs and gaps on sustainable development. Conéctate-A+ functions as a regional research collaboration hub and ‘network or networks’, largely drawn from the existing networks coordinated and led by MRI and CONDESAN, as well as combining new partnerships.

Conéctate-A+ brings together a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise from Switzerland and Latin America. The CLOC Conéctate-A+ (to be translated as: connect yourself to the Andes+ region) aims at setting up a hub in the Tropical Andes and Central America region (Andes+), to address research on and for sustainable development and global change. In terms of research and teaching, Conéctate-A+ will draw on existing thematic expertise and networks initially focusing on climate change, health and sustainable development, and progressively expand the scope of topics according to bottom-up processes and interests of the respective communities in Switzerland and the Andes+.

Among the proposed activities, Conéctate-A+ will foster a collaborative exchange between the CLOC partners in the Andes+ region, as well as coordinate and set up an online platform to facilitate this collaboration and provide a service point for knowledge management and collaboration between institutions in Switzerland and the Andes+ region. The platform will also fulfil a broader function as a broker for the ‘network of networks’ and node for research and collaboration on sustainable development in the Andes+ region. Other activities to be offered through Conéctate-A+ to the local research communities, will include capacity-building and ‘training for trainers’ programs, small grants program for synthesis workshops and research collaborations, and other events.

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CLOC Conéctate-A+ Co-Heads

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CLOC Conéctate-A+ Founding Partners

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Universidad Catolica Del Peru Universidad Centroamericana Care

Supported By

Conectaté A+ is supported by the swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) 'Clusters of Cooperation in the Global South' (CLOCs) programme, which offers targeted support for collaboration between the various types of Swiss higher education institutions and their partners from the Global South in order to achieve an excellent standard of education, research and innovation on global challenges.



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