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    This blog highlights effective ideas in the fight against poverty and exclusion, and analyzes the impact of development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • How to increase the impact of  your impact evaluation ?

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    2015

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    Disseminating the results of an impact evaluation is key to have a real impact in development policies

    By Paloma Acevedo*

    After designing, implementing, and analyzing the data, the results of your impact evaluation are ready to see the light! After all the effort you and your team have devoted to the evaluation, you know that the intervention is twice as effective when it is combined with information campaigns. You have shared the results with government, and incorporated comments into the report. Based on this evidence, they will extend  the more effective program across the country, saving a lot of money.

    Mission accomplished!  Or not? Read more…

    Empowering communities helps reducing crime in Trinidad and Tobago

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    Jun
    2015

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    By Dana King*

    Trinidad and Tobago shows how working with the community is the best weapon to fight crime.

    Awareness campaign to fight crime in Trinidad and Tobago

    Awareness campaign to fight crime in Trinidad and Tobago

    Betheem Gardens is a low-income neighborhood and   crime “hotspot” that sits on the outskirts of Port of Spain and runs alongside the East/West corridor highway and Trinidad’s largest landfill.  For those that live in this community, the stigma associated with the neighborhood can be as potent as the landfill’s fumes.  The Citizen Security Program (CSP), created with support of the Inter-American Development Bank, is working to transform these high-risk communities in Trinidad and Tobago.

    In piloting a new approach to crime and violence prevention, CSP couples innovative, human-centered support to communities with more traditional crime prevention support to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Ministry of National Security.  Six years ago when the project was approved, Trinidad and Tobago had a murder rate of 43/100,000, while the rate in CSP communities was 98/100,000 persons; almost ten times higher than what the World Health Organization considers epidemic levels.  The new approach to crime piloted under CSP aimed to make communities an integral part of crime prevention. Read more…

    Improving effectiveness of development co-operation and the role of private sector

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    Jun
    2015

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    By Ichiro Toda*

    Ichiro p sector

    The global development community is increasingly aware of the benefits of collaborating with the private sector as an equal partner in promoting inclusive and sustainable development. In November 2011, the global development community, including the IDB, agreed to the Busan Principles for Development Effectiveness, which promotes enhanced country ownership, a focus on results, inclusive partnership, and transparency and mutual accountability in development work.  Recognizing the central role of the private sector in advancing innovation, creating wealth, income and jobs, mobilizing domestic resources and in turn contributing to poverty reduction, the Busan final document  encouraged efforts to:

    Data collection: The primary ingredient for an impact evaluation

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    Jun
    2015

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    By Gastón Gertner*

    Data Collection

    Data are to impact evaluation what raw materials are to a production process.  At the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) we encourage teams working in impact evaluations to implement best-practices in their data collection efforts to ensure high-quality evaluations. Many impact evaluations use data collected through the use of surveys. As you can imagine, implementing surveys in the field, with hundreds or even thousands of observations is a complex task.

    The IDB’s Impact Evaluation Hub provides tools and guidelines to successfully collect relevant and high-quality data. Through the data collection section, you can access sample questionnaires for households, communities, health facilities, schools, and farms. These generic questionnaires are accompanied with data entry platforms and training materials. And best of all, you can easily adapt and update all these materials for the needs of your particular survey. Read more…

    ConnectAmericas.com: Opening a world of opportunities for small- and medium-size companies

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    May
    2015

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    By Fabrizio Opertti*

    ConnectAmericas is a web platform that connects SMEs from Latin America and the Caribbean to expand their businesses.

    Connecting online SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Visit: ConnectAmericas.com

    Connecting online SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Visit: ConnectAmericas.com

    Heneka Watkis-Porter’s life was all about spice. And she wanted to make it even spicier. The Jamaican entrepreneur runs a company that makes sauces and other condiments typical of her Caribbean island nation, and she wanted to grow. Naturally, that meant exporting to larger markets. Going international is a challenge for any company, but even tougher for a small firm like that of Watkis-Porter. With limited human resources and financing, and not knowing much about foreign markets, how could she pull off such a feat? Where would she even begin?

    At an international business roundtable held by the FINPYME program of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, part of the Inter-American Development Bank, Watkis- Porter, who heads a company called 10 Fyah Side, learned about ConnectAmericas.com, a novel, business-oriented social network that allows people to make contacts, take courses online to learn to export or create a business plan and find out about financing options. Read more…

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