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    The 123 Mujer Hotline: Reducing Domestic Violence in Colombia 

    By - 1 de November de 2016, 7:00 am

    By Adria Natalia Armbrister

    Can an emergency hotline service reduce violence against women? Colombia finds that it does: women who use the service are 37 percent less likely to report having suffered physical domestic violence and are 16 percent less likely to report having suffered psychological domestic violence.

    123 mujer hotline

    Image: Gobierno de Medellín

    “On May 21, 2014 at around noon, I called the police because I was being abused by my husband. I had called the police before and they came and calmed down the situation, but things stayed the same after they left.

    The next time it happened, I called 123 Mujer and I finally felt that the situation would be resolved. The police detained my husband and I got psychological counseling by phone.

    They told me that I should press charges and I did. 123 Mujer also provided me transportation to the police station, then picked me up afterward and brought me home.”  Read more…

    Dignified dwellings for Suriname’s Amerindian and Maroon communities

    By - 24 de October de 2016, 4:00 am

    By Carolina Piedrafita and Carol Nijbroek

    Beneficiaries in their new home. Image: IDB

    Beneficiaries in their new home. Image: IDB

    Maseja Amoloe is a single mother in Pikin Pada, a small Maroon village in Suriname’s hinterland. These villages have their own form of government rooted in Amerindian traditions such as birth rights, and are fully recognized by Suriname’s government. The villages are run by a kapiten, who functions as the highest local authority.

    Like others in her village, Amoloe cultivates yucca, bakes bread, and sews for a living. She lived in a hut with her five children until November 2015, when a government housing program targeting rural villages reached Pikin Pada.

    Amoloe was selected by the village chief as one of 20 beneficiaries to receive a $8,000 subsidy to build a better home. She now has plenty of space, sanitary facilities, and a good quality roof and walls. Read more…

    Small Bug, Big Trouble: The Fruit Fly Plague in Peru

    By - 18 de October de 2016, 7:30 am

    By Julián Aramburu and Lina Salazar

    The Fruit Fly in Peru

    Image: iStock

    Nothing is more annoying than a fly buzzing around your head.  But flies can be much more than an annoyance: fruit flies, for example, are one of the most harmful threats to fruit production in Peru, damaging crops by laying their eggs within the fruit.

    Since 1990, Peru’s fruit and vegetable exports have increased at an average annual rate of 16 percent, a growth rate faster than Peruvian merchandise exports as a whole. 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…

    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…