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    Community Engagement for Citizen Security in Jamaica

    By - 24 de March de 2017, 10:25 am

    By Cristina Mariel Fiat

    A citizen security project in Jamaica shows that community buy-in is vital to the success of such interventions as it helps ensure that services needed are delivered to those who need them most.

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    Credit or no credit? Is that really the question?

    By - 27 de January de 2015, 9:47 am

    By Mario González Flores* & Leonardo Corral**

    Is access to credit enough to improve welfare indicators at the firm or farm level?

    Mario Leonardo Credito EngIn recent years, a great deal of hope to promote development has been placed on the potential transformative power of financial access (World Bank 2007; Karlan and Morduch 2010).  At the firm or farm level, having access to credit can facilitate the purchase of necessary inputs in a timely manner, it can increase investments and adoption of new or improved technologies, it can decrease risk, and overall, it has the potential to improve production, productivity, and ultimately welfare for those receiving the credit.

    Yet, using credit to invest in a greater use of inputs or to invest on new machinery and equipment does not necessarily lead to the desired or optimal outcomes.  For example, farmers with no prior knowledge on the proper use of inputs—such as fertilizers or fungicides, may over or under use these in a way that their use leads to no improvements on yields or no improvements in damage abatement.  Similarly, a farmer that invests in a new technology, such as a modern irrigation system, may not obtain the optimal results in production or water usage (efficiency) if the farmer is not well trained on the appropriate way of using and maintaining her new irrigation system.

    Thus, if financial access facilitates input use, technology adoption, and investments in new machinery, the only way that greater financial access can have a development impact is by assuring that complementary training on the correct use of new inputs and technologies is provided to those unfamiliar with their use . This, in fact, is one of the key findings of a recent meta-evaluation published by IFC focusing on private sector interventions in agribusiness using Access to Finance (A2F) and farmers/business training. Read more…

    Water by lottery draw?

    By - 25 de February de 2014, 7:00 am

    *By German Sturzenegger y Gastón Gertner

    How random selection of beneficiaries can promote transparency

    A few months ago, together with a team of IDB Specialists and government officials from Bolivia’s Ministry of Environment & Water (MMAYA), we arrived to Sica Sica, a municipality located in La Paz Department, to supervise a random selection of communities through a public draw. The “lottery” would select 12 of 25 eligible communities in the municipality that would benefit from a water and sanitation program (BO-L1065) funded by IDB and the Spanish Cooperation Fund.

    The municipality of Sica Sica, located half-way between the cities of La Paz and Oruro, was the first of twentyone muncipalitites in which a random selection methodology would be applied. Read more…

    3 ideas to improve education quality

    By - 5 de February de 2014, 9:08 am

    On February 2013 the 3rd article of the Mexican constitution was reformed to establish that the State must guarantee education quality. The reform also established that entry into the teaching profession and promotion to supervisory positions in elementary and secondary education provided by the State, must be competitive in order to guarantee appropriate capabilities and knowledge. 

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    In September of 2013, a new Law of Teaching Service was enacted. The Law of Teaching Service establishes that teachers must be evaluated at least once every four years and if deficiencies are identified, support would be provided, in order to achieve sufficiency in up to three opportunities in three years.

    What do we know about how teachers should be evaluated to improve the quality of education?  

    Here are three suggestions Read more…

    One Laptop per Child revisited

    By - 18 de June de 2012, 5:59 am

    One Laptop per Child

    This is joint post with Julian Cristiá, Ana Santiago and Eugenio Severín; members of the IDB team that developed the OLPC evaluation trial in Peru.

    Last March we published a post (also here) with the results of the first randomized impact evaluation of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) model in Peru, which has been widely discussed in the technology and education blogosphere (see for example the Educational Technology Debate posts).

    Recently, Berk Ozler’s post on the World Bank’s Development Impact blog raised some interesting questions on whether we are learning enough from the OLPC evaluations. Read more…