The ‘OBREAL Global Observatory’ (OBREAL Global), is an organisation with members from diverse, internationally-oriented academic and research institutions, university associations and networks and individual researchers and professionals from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The secretariat, based in Barcelona, Spain, is driven by a dynamic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural staff with competencies in project and grant management, communications, higher education and research policy, regional integration and international relations.

OBREAL Global has a long experience in managing European Union (EU) funded projects in collaboration with lead research and teaching higher education institutions, higher education organisations and associations and other social and governmental partners.

This has primarily entailed projects which have contributed to connecting higher education actors and institutions in diverse regions, contributing to regional integration as well as to economic and social development.

Beyond the secretariat, OBREAL Global is organized through regional and national chapters (South America, India, Central America, Caribbean, Africa) that drive its agenda based on different regional and national needs as well as commonalities, in the interest of building capacities and generating global, South-South-North collaboration.

OBREAL Global has satellite offices in Argentina, Colombia, India and Oman.

Our History

The Global Observatory emerges from OBREAL which was created as a network in order to implement a cooperation project of the European Commission (DG RELEX y EuropeAid). At that moment, the Commission pointed out in its call that the relationship between the European Union and Latin America had become closer as a result of bi-regional summits, existing association agreements (i.e. México and Chile) and association agreement negotiations. Therefore, more and more advices were required for decision-making in the area of bi-regional relationships.

OBREAL was born in this context, with the aim of contributing to the creation of a network of institutions and organizations from both regions which had no coordination mechanisms and/or limited visibility. As a result, OBREAL was set up by 23 academic institutions, research centers in Europe and Latin America, and their own networks.

Between 2004 and 2016, OBREAL’s research was organized in five thematic areas:

• Trade and financial relations and regional integration
• Democracy, human rights and the rule of law
• Social and development cooperation
• Global governance and multi-regionalism
• Civil society and institution’s building

Since 2017, the Global Observatory re-defined its former thematic areas and has extended its outreach from Europe to Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, connecting important actors in diverse sectors in collaborative projects for development. In this new context, and keeping its main goals, the Global Observatory concentrated its actions in project managing, incorporating new members and supporting institutions in the network.


OBREAL Global Goals