by Julia Johannsen and Michiko Tamashiro In District 8 of El Alto, Bolivia, 21% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, according to an IDB study to be published in 2015. This is not the case for Edysson and Joycy, who are enjoying a happy and healthy childhood in the same predominantly Aymara, socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood … [Read more...] about Puppets that Teach Good Eating Habits
Early Childhood Development
By Mary Young It was a Wednesday, the busiest day at the National Congress in Brazil. Voting, hearings, and testimonials were all in session. The corridors in the Camara dos Deputados beamed with activity as Parliamentarians greeted each other going in and out of sessions. Advocacy groups hovered outside the rooms, waiting for their turn. … [Read more...] about A not so rare public policy
By Santiago Levy In recent years, many countries in the region have prioritized early childhood care on their public policy agendas. … [Read more...] about Child Development: A Priority for the IDB
By Ciro Avitabile There is no way around it, when people aren’t well incentivized to do their jobs (with monetary or non-monetary incentives) the quality of the work decreases. This happens to be the case in many developing countries with teachers and doctors. The lack of appropriate incentives translates into higher absenteeism and less dedication to their jobs. … [Read more...] about Power to the people?
By Sophie Gardiner. In May of this year, in honor of Mother’s Day, Save the Children published its 13th annual report on the “State of the World’s Mothers.” This year, the organization chose to focus on nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life—from pregnancy until age two. This is the period where crucial cognitive capacity is developed and healthy physical … [Read more...] about Mothers are still facing poor conditions in Central America