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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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    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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    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…

    Data transparency as a development effectiveness tool

    By - 13 de April de 2016, 12:00 am

    by Erin Bautista and Tracy Betts. 

    Each year, international development institutions channel billions of dollars into development projects around the world. Is the money well spent? Does it produce the desired results?

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    While many development providers publish project details through their own websites and reports, finding consolidated information on which projects are active in a given country, what they are achieving, and where the gaps are can be a daunting task.

    That’s why transparency in development cooperation has come to mean a lot more than simply making information public, but also making it easily accessible and usable. Read more…

    Improving the quality of life of senior citizens

    By - 5 de April de 2016, 7:00 am

    The risk of falling into poverty increases substantially with age, not only because the ability to perform a job and ensure an income falls, but also because expenses mount as health deteriorates and disabilities increase.

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    Pension policies don’t just alleviate poverty; they also provide security for the elderly who are in danger of falling into poverty. However, pension systems in developing countries have a limited potential, as their coverage level is low. Such is the case of El Salvador, where only 20 percent of the elderly population is covered by the pension system. Read more…

    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.

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    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…

    The synth_runner Package: Utilities to Automate Synthetic Control Estimation Using synth

    By - 22 de March de 2016, 7:00 am

    By Brian Quistorff.

     The new module for Synthetic Control Methods “synth_runner” helps conduct multiple estimations, inference, diagnostics, and generate visualizations of results.”


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    The Synthetic Control Methodology (SCM) (Abadie and Gardeazabal, 2003, Abadie et al., 2010, hereafter ADH) is a data-drive approach to small-sample comparative case-studies for estimating treatment effects.

    Similar to a difference-in-differences design, SCM exploits the differences in treated and untreated units across the event of interest. However, in contrast to a difference-in-differences design, SCM does not give all untreated units the same weight in the comparison. Read more…