By Leopoldo Avellán and Arturo J. Galindo As established in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (2015), Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are expected to provide lending in the event of financial or economic shocks. Economists call this countercyclical lending. However, a recent study shows that while the MDB system as a whole acts countercyclically, in other words, lends … [Read more...] about The Challenge of Countercyclicality for Multilateral Development Banks
Governments in Latin America spend billions on social programs each year, reaching millions of people with critical public services. But can governments identify more cost-effective strategies to deliver these services? Relying on data and evidence to improve policy design and implementation is one way to ensure cost-effectiveness. Partnering with specialized organizations … [Read more...] about Five lessons for successful government partnerships
By Anna Crespo Development agencies are in a privileged position to foster a better understanding of program results and how to improve them. And it is in their interest to do so. After all, they want to sponsor effective interventions. One of these tools—impact evaluation—has been on the rise in international development in the last two decades. Not only can they isolate … [Read more...] about Can impact evaluations improve project execution?
By Luis Tejerina and Juan Miguel Villa According to the US government, the 2020 census could cost as much as $15.6 billion, or $49 per inhabitant. While in developing countries, according to a study of 77 countries carried out by Development Initiatives, the average cost of conducting a household survey ranges from $1 million to $1.6 million, These initiatives to … [Read more...] about Latin America and the Caribbean should tap into big data to reduce the cost of measuring poverty
By Rosangela Bando, Francisco Gallego, Paul Gertler 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 … [Read more...] about The impacts of shifting from print to digital textbooks