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    Indigenous and mestizo women: do they receive different treatment in family planning centers in Peru?

    By - 14 de June de 2016, 8:00 am

    Ten women prepare themselves: hair, makeup, clothes, and posture. They practice proper cadence for scripted answers to questions they will soon be asked. Each of them will say she arrived in Lima from an Andean town seeking a brighter future for her two children.

    Her partner is returning after being away for six months for work, and they do not want to have any more children at the moment.

    No, she does not have any health issues. Yes, her childbirths were normal.

    She does not trust natural family planning methods and lacks experience using modern contraceptives. Today, they will be indigenous. Tomorrow, their stories will change, and they will be mestizos.

    indigenous family planning

    Image: IDB

    For two weeks, these women trained to act as simulated patients in public family planning services in Lima and Callao, Peru. They are exploring whether quality of care varies if they present certain ethnic attributes of either mestizos or indigenous. Read more…

    An informal Uber?

    By - 13 de January de 2015, 12:39 pm


    At rush hour it is virtually impossible to get a cab ride in Bogota or Lima. The last time I went to Bogotá, the line for taxis at the airport was even longer than the queue for immigration. I was tired, it was 10:30 pm and it drizzled. I would have given my kingdom for an Uber, which does charge more if demand is higher. Finally, and after an hour long wait, I got into a dirty taxi after putting my bag in the trunk which was full of packages and at least three opened stale Coca-Cola bottles.

    In the regulated taxi market, the client has little choice, no matter that many are willing to pay more for a cleaner, safer, faster and more punctual service, even if the price fluctuates with the supply and demand tides.

    Taxi fares are typically set by regulation (Cab meters), and the driver cannot negotiate the fare.

    Unless (s)he can, because it is informal. Read more…