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    Do Productive Development Policies Work for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises?

    By - 13 de July de 2017, 10:31 am

    By Lucas Figal Garone

    Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Argentina accounted for more than half of the gross domestic product (GDP) and three-quarters of all jobs in the second half of the 2000s. However, evidence suggests that market and coordination failures have threatened the productive potential of these firms.

    Small grocery store in Argentina. Image: Machteld Vlietstra. Creative Commons License.

    Small grocery store in Argentina. Image: Machteld Vlietstra. Creative Commons License.

    Among the many challenges faced by Argentine MSMEs, the most critical have been the shortage of qualified and affordable professional technical services, weak management capacity, and a lack of skills to prepare investment projects.

    In addition to these problems the lack of coordination among the MSMEs themselves, and difficulties in accessing credit, have made the challenges even more complex. Read more…

    How to evaluate a tourism reform without a time machine?

    By - 15 de March de 2016, 7:00 am

    Endowed with rich and diverse natural and cultural resources, Argentina’s Salta Province has long been known to have tremendous but untapped tourism potential.

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    San Francisco Church, Salta, Argentina. Image by Kevin Jones. Creative Commons License.

    Located at the intersection of such natural attractions as the Andean highland plateau (the Puna), the Chaco forests, and the subtropical forest in the Yungas Biosphere Reserve, Salta’s landscape is graced with everything from colorful hillsides to sparkling ravines, mountain peaks, volcanoes, and salt flats. Read more…

    A homemade recipe for a completely sustainable sewage treatment process

    By - 3 de November de 2015, 4:47 pm

    by Gastón Gertner

    How to treat wastewater in an environmentally friendly and cost effective manner.

    Image: iStock


    This summer, I got to know Violeta Reynal and Ezequiel Bella in Villa La Angostura, on the shores of Nahuel Huapí Lake in Argentina. Thirty-something, married, and fed up with the chaos of Buenos Aires, they decided on a change of lifestyle after a year of living in India.

    So they built their home in the middle of Patagonia, using clay for the floor and walls and cypress trunks for the beams. Despite the seemingly basic nature of these materials, the design of the house takes even the smallest detail into account, from the natural way the temperature is controlled to measuring energy consumption.

    But what left me speechless was the fact they had implemented an individual waste water treatment system that was completly sustainable . With their own hands! This home is undoubtedly the dream of supporters of sustainable development eager to find ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. Do you want to know more about how a house like this works? Read more…

    The mission

    By - 7 de November de 2014, 7:38 am


    When the movie The Mission came out 28 years ago it was trashed by some critics:

    “Mr. Irons looks saintly and speaks in the cultivated English of the West End theater. Mr. De Niro’s [….] New York accent doesn’t easily fit lines like ”Leave, priest” or ”So me you do not love”. [….] The Indians, about whom the film seems to care so much, are condescended to as mostly smiling, trusting, undifferentiated aspects of Eden – innocents with sweet singing voices and a lot of rhythm.

    As someone who has worked for a long time in the multilateral development bank world, where business trips are called missions, I always knew that – at some point – something good had to come out of a movie with that title. I mean, The Mission was written by the same man who wrote Lawrence of Arabia.

    A recent paper explores the long term effects of the Jesuit missions in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay: Read more…

    Innovation policy spillover effects: the unaccounted benefits

    By and - 26 de March de 2014, 3:44 pm

    alessandro stuchi innova

    Recently the development community has talked a lot about knowledge and innovation as a key priority for the years to come, maybe induced by the lesser relevance that financial support has for many emerging countries.

    Multilateral and bilateral agencies have suddenly become knowledge banks, global practices, ideas’ generators, developers of innovation ventures, etc. In the process, a great emphasis has been placed not only on the generation of knowledge, but also on the attraction of human resources that can add something new to the skill sets.

    To use some recent words of President Yong Kimthe (World) Bank is committed to keeping all its top performers. But […] the bank will open up positions to outsiders, because it’s good to bring in fresh eyes”, and, we add, new skills. Yes, although we are the era of virtual social networking, a big chunk of knowledge is still embedded in human brains and would be difficult to acquire without bringing in new people. Read more…