Marta Carolina Avalos
Project: Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in El Salvador: Is it a Utopia? 23 years after the Chapultepec Peace Accords
Avalos studied Economics at UCA El Salvador and holds a Masters in Economic Development from Vanderbilt University, and another in Applied Social Policy from Katholieke University Leuven, Belgium. She currently works as international senior consultant, policy advisor in the fields of labor and social protection (Honduras, Timor Lest, Punjab Province-Pakistan) and in gender oriented policies in the Latin American and Caribbean region. She has worked in the public sector of El Salvador in the reform of the pension system and the design of the first conditional cash transfer program. She collaborated in the policy formulation and design of the Social Protection System and was President of the Social Investment Fund for Local Development of El Salvador from 2011-2014.
She has been part of the UNDP National Human Development Report team for several years, and participated in the coordination of the Urban Poverty Map. She has published different papers related to rural poverty and policy development in LAC region, and poverty analysis and coffee crisis social impact in El Salvador; and co-published a book on social inclusion and urban competitiveness.