The Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences is an international organization that emerged in 1956 at the UNESCO General Conference. Its original objective was to support Latin American countries’ creation of social science institutions that could provide previously inexistent spaces for research and analyses; these, in turn, would help to propel the development Latin American societies. In 1957, the Agreement of Rio de Janeiro established the creation of FLACSO, originally signed by the governments of Chile and Brazil, but eventually incorporating a total of 17 Latin America and the Caribbean countries.
The organizational operations of FLACSO are governed by its internal legislation as well as by guidelines dictated by its government bodies. Both coordination of FLACSO’s functions of and its legal representation are the responsibility of its General Secretariat, headquartered in Costa Rica since 1979. FLACSO universities and programs in their respective countries are academically and administratively autonomous.
FLACSO hosts several academic activities: teaching, research, dissemination, academic extension and technical cooperation.
The FLACSO International System has universities, programs and projects in: