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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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    Positive Youth Development in Jamaica – A National Project

    By - 26 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    By Cynthia Hobbs, Darrell Hull, Lincoln Williams and Carolyn Thomas

    In Jamaica, more than 120,000 “unattached” 16-to-24 year-olds are not in school and are not working. Youth unemployment in Jamaica is more than twice (30.3 percent) that of adults (13.5 percent) and crime rates are highest among 18- to 24-year-old males.

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    Image: IDB.

    Many young people in this age bracket have given up on school because they don’t feel they are learning skills that will help them find a job. They want to work but do not have the needed job experience or training.

    Often they don’t have adequate skills in reading and math, or the exam scores necessary to get into higher education or vocational training programs.

    The government of Jamaica has designed two programs to help these “unattached” youth, both financed in part by an IDB sovereign guaranteed loan of $11 million: Read more…

    Drawing on Experience to Improve Natural Disaster Risk Management in Haiti

    By - 29 de August de 2017, 10:00 am

    By Sebastien Gachot, Gines Suarez, Bruno Jaquet and Carmine Paolo de Salvo

    Artibonite river, Haiti. Image: IDB.

    Artibonite river, Haiti. Image: IDB.

    Water is the most essential element to life on earth, yet too much water all at once can have devastating effects. One country very familiar with the destructive force of water is Haiti, which has a particularly high exposure to natural disasters, but very low capacity for natural disaster risk management.

    In 2008, for example, within less than a month, Haiti was hit by three hurricanes and a tropical storm. The damage caused by the resulting floods and erosion was massive: Hurricanes Gustav and Hanna alone caused an estimated US$900 million in damage that year, according to the Haitian government. Read more…

    How to measure the effectiveness of development projects?

    By - 11 de October de 2016, 7:00 am

    By Arturo J. Galindo y Tracy Betts

    For those of us working in the field of international development, it’s more and more critical to understand what works, what doesn’t work, and why to be able to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of what we do.

    Picture: IDB

    Picture: Inter-American Development Bank. Suriname.

    That’s the reason why it is of utmost importance for a multilateral organization such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to systematically document progress on the projects it finances, as well as the lessons learned in implementation. Every year the IDB collects its progress and lessons learned in the Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO).

    The DEO is the gateway to the various IDB contributions to development in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Read more…

    Night-time lights: Shimmering evidence of development effectiveness?

    By - 4 de October de 2016, 7:00 am

    by Maja Schling

    We have all marveled at these images: The Earth at night as seen from space, shrouded in hues of dark blues and greys, the distinction between continent and ocean barely perceptible in the darkness. Clearly visible, however, are the bright specks of light distributed across the world, some only dim dots surrounded by blackness, and some larger and brilliantly bright masses that stretch across the land like golden spider webs.

    Night-time lights recorded around the globe Photo: C. Mayhew & R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/ NGDC, DMSP Digital Archive.

    Night-time lights recorded around the globe
    Photo: C. Mayhew & R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/ NGDC, DMSP Digital Archive.

    Over the last few decades, technology has made impressive leaps that now allow us to examine our planet from a distance. The light emanating from towns and cities at night is popularly known as night-time lights (or luminosity, among experts) and can tell us a lot about human activity on the ground. A recent study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) shows this can be used to assess the effectiveness of development projects.

    Not only can night-time lights give an indication of the number of people living in an area, they also can reveal important insights about a region’s state of development. The greater the luminosity, the greater is the level  of technological and economic advancement of the shimmering clusters below.

    Read more…

    Using job training to prevent teen pregnancy in the Dominican Republic

    By - 19 de April de 2016, 7:00 am

    Greater self-esteem and opportunities can reduce the risk of teenage pregnancy. That is a lesson of a job training program advanced by the Youth and Employment Program in the Dominican Republic. The country has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 104 births per 1,000 people between the ages of 15 and 19, almost equal to that of the Sub-Saharan Africa (110 per 1000 inhabitants).

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    Image: IDB

    The women who participated in the job training program reduced their chances of becoming pregnant by 20 percent. That is a significant reduction, bringing the rate more in line with the median for the region (74 per 1000 inhabitants). Read more…