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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.
  • The Challenge of Countercyclicality for Multilateral Development Banks

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    Dec
    2018

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    By Leopoldo Avellán and Arturo J. Galindo

    As established in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (2015), Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are expected to provide lending in the event of financial or economic shocks. Economists call this countercyclical lending. However, a recent study shows that while the MDB system as a whole acts countercyclically, in other words, lends less to a country during its booms and more during its downturns, the evidence of this behavior for Regional Development Banks (RDBs) is weaker.   Read more…

    Five lessons for successful government partnerships

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    Nov
    2018

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    Educational quality improvement program in Peru.

    Governments in Latin America spend billions on social programs each year, reaching millions of people with critical public services. But can governments identify more cost-effective strategies to deliver these services?

    Relying on data and evidence to improve policy design and implementation is one way to ensure cost-effectiveness. Partnering with specialized organizations familiar with applying evidence to policy can bring additional capacity and technical expertise to the table.

    At the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), we partner with researchers and implementing organizations to generate cost-effective, data-driven solutions to reduce poverty. J-PAL’s Government Partnership Initiative focuses specifically on building such research and policy partnerships with governments who are open to innovation and learning.

    Below, we outline some examples of this approach in Latin America, and highlight key lessons J-PAL has learned in its nearly ten years of successful government partnerships in the region. Read more…

    Ready to meet the SDGs together

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    Nov
    2018

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    Sustainable Colombia Program – Carlos Julio Martínez / SEMANA

    In aiming to improve lives and protect the planet, the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be designed with a single benefit in mind.

    Challenges such as civil conflict, forced displacement, environmental degradation, poverty and inequality are almost always mutually reinforcing. So are their solutions. To be effective the response must embrace economic, social and environmental dimensions.

    The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG) has stepped up its efforts to contribute to meeting the SDGs by 2030, both individually and with partners.  All 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are interconnected and must be tackled as such. This is how the IDBG is responding to the call for a holistic approach. Read more…

    Can impact evaluations improve project execution?

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    Nov
    2018

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    By Anna Crespo

    Development agencies are in a privileged position to foster a better understanding of program results and how to improve them. And it is in their interest to do so. After all, they want to sponsor effective interventions. One of these tools—impact evaluation—has been on the rise in international development in the last two decades. Not only can they isolate and measure the effect of an intervention, but the availability of high-quality data has broadened the type of questions that evaluations can answer. But could impact evaluations go beyond their well-known role of contributing to knowledge and accountability, to a much broader role of supporting policy makers in executing projects? Read more…

    Four key steps to a greater development impact

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    Nov
    2018

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    The 2018 Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO) is a testimony to that old saying “What gets measured gets done.”

    In its reflection of changes taking place globally, at the regional level and internally across the IDB Group (IDBG), it mirrors not only decisions that were taken in ministries across the region, in offices at the IDBG but also at the level of our field projects. As the world around us evolves, so too does the way we reflect on the development impact we make in the region. Read more…

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