The Relationship between the Sociology Program at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation: A Preliminary Description of Dynamics

by Mónica Moreno

Jan 1, 2013
Material in the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) documents the important relationship between the sociology program at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNC), the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) and the Ford Foundation (FF). Two factors stand out: the significant assistance the program received from those institutions during its first eight years, and secondly, the major role the FF played in a controversy that occurred in 1966. A central figure during the program's first years was Orlando Fals Borda, a Colombian who studied rural sociology in the U.S. during the 1950s, and was recognized by academics and politicians in the U.S. and Latin America as an outstanding sociologist. 3 In the following pages I will briefly describe the relationship between the UNC's sociology program, the RF and the FF, as well as the polemical elements of FF assistance.
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