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    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…

    Climate Change Mitigation Laws Strong Governance and Institutions to Cope with Natural Disasters

    By - 12 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    By Sergio Lacambra

    Climate Change Mitigation Laws

    Kids playing football in the streets of Pisco. The pic was taken in 2009, 2 years after  the last biggest earthquake. Image: twak. Creative Commons License.

    The magnitude 8.0 earthquake that ravaged a large part of Peru in August 2007 left behind a massive toll: 7,000 families without homes or safe water, 220,000 children without schools, collapsed ground transportation, and destroyed infrastructure.

    Such natural disasters are not isolated incidents, especially in Peru, one of the most vulnerable countries in the Region to such events. Disasters such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions affected Peru 109 times between 1970 and 2010,causing 74,000 deaths and affecting some 18 million people. Read more…

    Blackboards versus Laptops: Challenges of Using Technology in Education

    By - 5 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    Samuel Berlinski and Matías Busso

    Technology has increased productivity in the workplace and shaped the way we use our free time and the way we socialize. So why is technology not at the core of classroom learning?

    Technology in Education

    Image: iStock

    Funding to equip schools and students with technology is usually considered one of the biggest challenges, especially in the developing world. But finding the right approach to use technology effectively in the classroom is also a major challenge, according to an evaluation by the IDB. Read more…

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