Annual Report 2022

During the year 2022 IMEK Research Center in Marketing & Development attained several of the objectives proposed in the first annual report of the year 2021 (see here in Spanish), to attain the social objective of the Foundation to contribute to the problems of health, education, and gender in the Global South.


Therefore, it is satisfactory for us to share with you the main achievements in the year 2022:


  • We applied to the DIAN’s Special Tax Regime (RTE), which involved modifying the statutes.
  • IMEK continued its participation in the AFLORA program of the Bolívar Davivienda Foundation, and in the space developed important deliverables for the Foundation such as its organizational strategy, a training project, marketing, and communication strategy for one year, a digital transformation plan and a support document for corporate governance. Likewise, due to IMEK’s commitment, the AFLORA program invited him to participate in the Directors School (see news here).
  • The website was designed and available in Spanish and English languages.
  • The legal registration of the IMEK Research Center in Marketing & Development brand was granted under a specific category.
  • IMEK was one of the three finalists in a research proposal call of the Julius Baer Foundation (JBF) and the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) of Switzerland, and the president pitched the project to potential co-financiers in Zurich.
  • A scientific research consultancy was carried out for Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), focused on co-designing voice messages to promote vaccination against COVID-19 in Colombia.
  • Four research proposals were presented, which involved joint work with allies and dedication of time that lasted months. These were applied to the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development. The proposals were related to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Jointly with other partners, IMEK successfully proposed the ANITA research project. It addresses the challenges and limitations of social protection policies for Peruvian domestic workers. The project is funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council (SSHRC) of Canada through the Women RISE program.
  • Regarding our knowledge exchange axis, in addition to the spaces offered by the Bolívar Davivienda Foundation, dialogues continued with the Swiss organization GENDRO; and IMEK’s founder was selected to participate in the mentoring program for researchers from the Global South. The mentoring program was developed by the Swiss National Research Foundation (learn more here). We were invited to participate in a call to receive support from master’s students in our projects, and continued collaborating with the team at the CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases of Peru and the Global Research Center on Noncommunicable Diseases at the University of Geneva.
  • Different academic articles were in progress, and two manuscripts, two book chapters, and one non-peer-reviewed publication were published in 2022.

Our main challenges for 2023

  • To continue with the AFLORA program and apply to its calls for proposals.
  • To continue with research collaboration projects and develop consulting for the ANITA project.
  • As one of the strategies is to generate other income, developing and implementing a training project is proposed.
  • Participate in an event to disseminate relevant knowledge to advance the Foundation’s social mission.

To learn more about the 2022 Annual Report in Spanish language, you can visit the following link.

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Stephanie Aya Pastrana, MSc
Adherent Member


Stephanie is an architect from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali with a master’s degree in Urban Strategies and Design from the University of Edinburgh. She has professional experience in the design and development of architectural projects of different scales, also developing research projects related to the quality of public spaces in Cali (Colombia) and sustainable construction. She currently works as a consultant and full-time professor at the Faculty of Creation and Habitat of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali.