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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.
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    The must read for this week: the 2013 World Bank Development Report on jobs is out today. What will OXFAM say?.

    Unexpected partners in crime:

    A randomized experiment just published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows (gated) that the introduction of Metrocable in Medellin- a new cable-propelled transit system – show that interventions in neighborhood physical infrastructure can reduce violence. Good news for Rio, which just opened the third such system in Latin America

    Do Conditional Cash Transfers have anything in common with cable propelled systems? They also can reduce crime and violence.

    It is estimated that 10% of primary school children in developing countries have poor vision, but very few wear glasses.

    A recent paper shows that wearing glasses can improve learning to an equivalent of half a year of schooling.  Yet many – kids and parents – refuse them, for many reasons, not least among them price points. So one hopes that visionary – no pun intended – market based solutions – like Visionspring – which provide cheap high quality glasses scale up fast.

    The project that beats any other by miles.

    Does wealth cause political power?

    If you work in education, this Clearinghouse on what works is for you.

    What are we learning from business training and entrepreneurship evaluations around the Developing World?

    The importance of cleaner water sources,

    On external Validity: when partner selection is biased.

    One hundred years of solitude: according to this paper, for many developing countries it will take 100 years to reach OECD learning levels in science

    And finally, just in case my boss read this far: the value of bosses

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