By Gastón Gertner Back in 2010, as an Argentine attending grad school in the United States, a close friend of mine introduced me to the free text-messaging service called WhatsApp. There was only a handful of us who used it on campus. Most of my American fellow students just used regular text messages, but for me, WhatsApp offered a free way of staying in touch with my … [Read more...] about WhatsApp: A tool for development work in Bolivia
by Eva Vivalt. Increasingly rigorous studies have been done on the effects of development programs with the hope that these studies' results will inform policy decisions. However, the same program often has different effects in different contexts. There are many different variables that can affect what will happen. The key question is then: to what extent can we … [Read more...] about How much do impact evaluations (really) help policymaking?
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 … [Read more...] about Indigenous and mestizo women: do they receive different treatment in family planning centers in Peru?
Imagine living in a neighborhood where some families have water and others don’t. Where half the streets are paved, and only some have sidewalks. Where street lighting exists only in certain areas, making it dangerous to return home at night or go out before dawn. Or where you have to walk very far to find a park, a football field, a health clinic, or a day-care … [Read more...] about Habitat program: closing gaps in Mexico’s formal neighborhoods
“I didn’t go to the health center because it took a long time, and on top of that they treated me badly,” recounted a Quechua woman in the town of Oruro, Bolivia. “We have our own customs for childbirth”. She is not alone in those views. According to a recent national survey, the main reason why women avoid prenatal care is distrust of health personnel (26 percent). … [Read more...] about The Juana Azurduy Voucher Program: health services for mothers and their children