Dr. Andrea Franco-Correa

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
7. Social Protection

Andrea is a Deputy Director of National Coordination of the Colombian Welfare System  and an Affiliated Researcher at UNU-MERIT.

She pursued her studies in Economics and her M. Sc. in Economics at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and her PhD studies from Maastricht University.

 She had worked as a public official in different institutions in Colombia as the National Department of Planning and the Shelter and Housing Secretary of the Government of Bogota. She has also worked as researcher for the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Most of her working experience has been related to Social Development issues but she has also work on transportation sustainability, monitoring and evaluation systems and corruption and governance.

Her research interest are: Social Policy; Monitoring and Evaluation; Poverty; Inequality; Conditional Cash Transfers; Social Safety Nets; Health Insurance; Ageing; Food Security; Economic and Social Development; Social Dynamics; Quantitative Methods; Poverty Measurement; Multidimensional Poverty.

Research Profile:

Andrea has experience in research and working previously in topics related to:

  • Social Protection Systems
  • Poverty Reduction Strategies and Programs
  • Social Safety Networks
  • Poverty Measurement (Multidimensional Poverty based on Capabilities Approach)
  • Social Policy: Nutrition, Health, Elderly, Children, among others. Focus: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Corruption and Governance Indicators



  • Teaching Assistant. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas. Bogotá/Colombia. (2001-2005)
  • Teaching Assistant. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas. Bogotá/Colombia. (2002-2003)
  • Modules of Poverty and Inequality. Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht/ The Netherlands (2012 and 2013)
  • Training in LaTeX for GPAC² (2011). Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht/The Netherlands.
  • Training in Basic Statistics for GPAC² (2012, 2013). Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht/The Netherlands
  • Training in Stata for GPAC². Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht/The Netherlands.
  • Basic Statistics and Econometrics (2013). Maastrich School of Management and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht/The Netherlands.



Garcia, N, Oviedo, M, Franco, A (2006). Evaluación de la viabilidad económica y financiera de Transmilenio S.A. En: Investigaciones CID 1. Bogotá, Unibiblos

Misas, G, Oviedo, M, Franco, A (2005). La lucha Anticorrupción en Colombia. Contraloría General de la República, Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo-Colombia, Embajada de los Países Bajos

Misas G, Oviedo, M, Franco, A. (2005). Un Marco Analítico para Entender la Corrupción, No. 307, Marzo-Abril, en Revista Economía Colombiana, CGR. pp. 8-45

Awards and Grants:

  • Summer School on Capabilities and Multidimensional Poverty Scholarship. 2011
  • DNP-FONADE-ICETEX scholarship to fund the PhD studies.


Extra Activities:

  • PhD Student Representative. Maastricht Graduate School of Governance /UNU MERIT (2011-2012)
  • Organizer of the Joint Seminar Series Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU MERIT (2011-2012)


Supporting organizations:

  • "Fundación Niños de los Andes" in Bogotá, Colombia. http://www.ninandes.org/
  • "Adopt a Rescue Dog" Initiatives in Bogotá, Colombia. http://www.adacolombia.org/adopciones/buscando-hogar
  • "Elephant Nature Park" in Chiang Mai, Thailand: http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/

Selected publications by Andrea Franco-Correa