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    Can impact evaluations improve project execution?

    By - 8 de November de 2018, 10:25 am

    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

    By - 1 de November de 2018, 9:16 pm

    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…

    Would you leave your children home alone while at work?

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

    By Claudia Piras

    Free daycare services do not ensure a significant increase in women’s participation in the labor market. Why? The results of an after-school activities program in Chile may have the answer.

    Picture: IDB

    Picture: IDB

    What is the most common reason given by women when asked why they are not looking for a job? Just what you might think: because they have to take care of their children.

    This was the answer given by almost 40 percent of non-working mothers of children under 14 surveyed as part of a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study in Chile. The results can be viewed in the IDB’s Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO), an annual publication by the Bank that describes what works–and what doesn’t–in development.  Read more…

    Cows and kilowatts: opportunities for development

    By - 20 de October de 2015, 7:00 am

    by Jesús Tejeda

    A program in Ecuador is a classic example of how electrification in isolated rural and urban areas can raise living standards and boost economic growth.

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    Each morning at 4 a.m. as the cocks begin to crow, women in the Prado communities of Ecuador’s Pichincha province put on their woolen pants, wrap-around shawls, and bowler hats, and head into the hilly pastures to milk their cows. Read more…

    When Cholera Strikes: A Coordinated Emergency and Longer-Term Response

    By - 13 de October de 2015, 7:00 am

    by Meri Helleranta

    A rapid response and partnerships between the Haitian Government and key institutions, including the IDB, helped to curb the cholera epidemic, decreasing the number of new cases per week from 14,000 in January 2011 to fewer than 1,000 a year later.

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    Image: IDB

    Five years ago, in October 2010, Haiti was hit by a serious  cholera epidemic. Coming only nine months after the traumatic earthquake, the fast-spreading diarrheal disease—with the ability to kill its victims in just 24 hours—prompted panic.  Within a month, there were over 11,000 confirmed cases and 180 casualties, and those numbers were growing exponentially. Read more…