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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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    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…

    The impacts of shifting from print to digital textbooks

    By - 8 de May de 2018, 2:48 pm

    By Rosangela Bando, Francisco Gallego, Paul Gertler

    Do digital textbooks improve student performance?

    Let’s imagine a dilemma: Fernanda, a principal at an elementary school in Mexico, is thinking of buying her daughter a laptop. Her daughter is halfway through fifth grade. Fernanda thinks this is a good time to introduce her daughter to the digital world: A computer should allow her daughter to excel in school.  But is it a good idea?

    Then Fernanda thinks about her role as a school principal. Instead of buying one laptop for her own child, should she try to raise funds to get laptops for all her fifth and sixth-grade students? She wants children in her school to excel academically. But is the fundraising effort worth the time and expense? Read more…

    Call for papers on impact evaluation

    By - 27 de February de 2018, 10:10 am

    Por Oscar Mitnik

    Online paper submission

    The Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) of the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) is calling for papers to be presented at its 11th Annual Meeting, to be held joint with the 2018 RIDGE May Forum, this coming May 22nd and 23rd, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Read more…

    Music as an Opportunity for Development: An Alternative Approach to Improve Lives of Young People in Venezuela

    By - 19 de October de 2017, 4:26 pm

    By Xiomara Alemán, Suzanne Duryea, Nancy Guerra, Patrick McEwan, Rodrigo Muñoz, Marco Stampini, and Ariel Williamson

    Who could have imagined four decades ago that a few Venezuelan musicians rehearsing in a garage would lay the foundation for a project that to date has enrolled millions of children and adolescents?

    But that’s just what the Venezuelan National System of Youth and Children’s Choirs and Orchestras (El Sistema) has done.

    Music as an Opportunity for Development

    Image: El Sistema.

    Founded in 1975 and administered by the Fundación Musical Simón Bolivar (Fundamusical), the program has received national and international awards honoring its musical and social initiatives. More than 25 countries have either completely or partially replicated the program. Some of those efforts have been supported by the IDB through technical cooperation grants.

    Despite its international reputation, however, El Sistema had never been subject to an impact evaluation to rigorously measure its benefits. Read more…

    Positive Youth Development in Jamaica – A National Project

    By - 26 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    By Cynthia Hobbs, Darrell Hull, Lincoln Williams and Carolyn Thomas

    In Jamaica, more than 120,000 “unattached” 16-to-24 year-olds are not in school and are not working. Youth unemployment in Jamaica is more than twice (30.3 percent) that of adults (13.5 percent) and crime rates are highest among 18- to 24-year-old males.

    ja-l1005-3-7-cynthia-hobbs-darrell-hull-lincoln-williams-y-carolyn-thomas positive youth development

    Image: IDB.

    Many young people in this age bracket have given up on school because they don’t feel they are learning skills that will help them find a job. They want to work but do not have the needed job experience or training.

    Often they don’t have adequate skills in reading and math, or the exam scores necessary to get into higher education or vocational training programs.

    The government of Jamaica has designed two programs to help these “unattached” youth, both financed in part by an IDB sovereign guaranteed loan of $11 million: Read more…