Two INESAD researchers were awarded the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2015

Susana del Granado and Carolina Cardona, two researchers from INESAD and Fulbright Scholars, have won a worldwide competition for funds with the project titled “Guardians of the source: agents for change”. 800 projects were submitted and only 48 projects were selected from 43 countries. “Guardians of the source” is the only selected project from Bolivia.


The project will empower members of the communities along the Choqueyapu River to become guardians of the source (UmaPunku) for the city, while revalorizing ancestral water purification and conservation practices.

The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund is a worldwide completion for funds open to all State Alumni organized by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Susana del Granado

Ph.D. candidate in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy at the State University of New York at the college of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Master in Science and Master in Public Administration from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University, New York). Biologist from Mayor de San Andres University (La Paz-Bolivia)

Has worked as an associate researcher at the Ecology Institute and at the Graduate Development Science Institute (CIDES), leading research on rural communities’ adaptation to climate change in the first, and comparing non-renewable resource management following a historical institutional approach in the latter.  Has taught classes at grand and undergraduate level related to sustainable development, systems thinking, and development theories. Currently is working with the methodology on System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water in Bolivia.


Carolina Cardona

Junior researcher at INESAD, holds a BSc (Economics) from the Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB). Carolina started working at INESAD in 2011 in the areas of education and health economics in consultancies for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID), among others. Her main research interests are development economics, health economics, and gender and development. Currently, Carolina is doing a consultancy funded by UNICEF for the Social and Economic Policies Analysis Unit (UDAPE) on the estimation of the infant and child mortality rate, and water and sanitation indexes as part of the 2015 MDG indicators. Carolina has been awarded with the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a master program in health economics at the Johns Hopkins University.

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