Jorge Benavides is senior researcher at FUNDESA and a specialist in Social Development Economics, in areas such as human development, governance and democracy. Also, he is Professor in the field of economics and development at Francisco Marroquin University (Guatemala). He holds a Master Degree in Political Affairs from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) and a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Francisco Marroquin University (Guatemala). His research and publications have focused on development and inequality, social investment transparency, reduction of poverty, quality of life and sustainable development, with particular emphasis on Guatemala and Latin America. Also, he has been consultant for USAID, IADB and World Bank, giving conferences about economics and development for emerging countries.