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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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    How to use modern technology to collect high-quality data

    By - 3 de August de 2017, 10:22 am

    By Maja Schling

    The use of modern technology is more affordable than ever, and electronic tools now offer a cost-effective alternative to paper questionnaires to collect high-quality data. To help you decide whether the use of computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) is for you, this blog reviews the advantages and potential pitfalls of using CAPI and shares a recent experience of conducting a survey in Guyana using free software developed by Survey Solutions.

    Photo: The Consultancy Group Guyana, July 2016.
    Using survey software for data collection in Guyana

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    Short-term triggers of agricultural productivity in Bolivia

    By - 29 de March de 2016, 7:00 am

    Thanks to the implementation of CRIAR’s program,  beneficiary households diversify their crop portfolio, producing nontraditional crops with greater value added in larger areas. At the same time beneficiary households are modifying their household economy, moving from self-sustainment toward a more market-oriented structure.

    Bolivian farmer CRIAR Bolivia

    Bolivian farmer. Image: iStock

    Carlos Pacheco is one of 17,000 beneficiaries of the CRIAR program in Bolivia. The program provides financial support to small-scale farmers to buy low-cost agricultural technologies, along with technical assistance to use and apply them. CRIAR organizes technology fairs in rural areas of Bolivia so that small-scale farmers like Mr. Pacheco can obtain information regarding various agricultural technologies and purchase those that best fit their needs. Read more…

    Turning trash into light – Liter of light

    By - 8 de March de 2016, 4:20 pm

    By Carmen Fernández-Sánchez

    The simple act of filling recycled plastic bottles with water and chlorine has allowed light to enter millions of previously unlit homes around the globe. What’s more, this innovation has saved low-income families up to 40% on electricity bills.

    Liter of Light

    Moser Light Bulb

    No-one could have told Alfredo Moser, a Brazilian mechanic,  that his invention would spread across the world and be installed hundreds of thousands of homes, while he continued to lead a humble life, living in a modest house and driving a car made in 1974. Read more…

    Can animal waste be harnessed to promote development?

    By - 9 de February de 2016, 7:00 am

    By Horacio Aguirre-Villegas.

    Using bio-gas to produce energy can reduce GHG emissions and increase agricultural productivity. But it also can vastly improve the quality of life for people living in poor, rural communities by providing them with electricity and cooking fuel, saving them from having to walk long distances to collect firewood.

    biogas development

    A neighbor from Mejillones community checking a biogas pipeline. Image: HAV

    The Mendez family lives in the Mejillones community just outside the city of Cobija in Pando, Bolivia. To support his family, Freddy works at two dairy farms. Roxana takes care of their two children, 13-year-old Prince and Kevin, age 5.

    When Freddy is not home, young Prince is responsible for the herd of cows. Roxana spends most of her day doing the house chores, where cooking for her family is a time-consuming activity. Even though she has a gas stove that runs on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), she has not used it in a long time.

    Her LPG tanks have been stolen several times and purchasing them in the city involves extra cost and time. As a result, Roxana collects wood and cooks all daily meals for her family on a wood stove. Read more…

    What does energy efficiency have to do with hotels in the Caribbean?

    By - 14 de May de 2015, 12:01 am

    By Christiaan Gischler* and Alice Driver**

    The Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Program (CHENACT) helps hotels embrace renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    Bridgetown (Barbados ) tourist destination in the Caribbean. Photo : Getty Images.

    Bridgetown (Barbados ) tourist destination in the Caribbean. | Photo : Getty Images.

    Around 25 million tourists visit the Caribbean each year, making tourism a key driver of the economy that accounts for 30 to 50% of direct and indirect employment in some countries. In most families, at least one member is employed in the hotel or tourism industry. Traditionally, hoteliers focused on expanding the number of available rooms in order to increase profits, but the 2008-2012 international economic crisis sparked a decline of up to 15% in tourist visitors.

    That has forced hoteliers to find smart ways to reduce costs while maintaining the high quality of tourism services. Where to start? Perhaps with the sun, the air conditioning, and the light switch. Read more…

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