An electrification project in the interior of Suriname—known as the Hinterland—is leading researchers to believe that electricity could be one of the keys to happiness. The statement is certainly a bold one but is not new. A recent study of the impact of an IDB-backed project to connect five villages in the country’s rural interior to an electrical grid suggests that locals … [Read more...] about Could access to electricity contribute to happiness in the interior of Suriname?
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In developing countries, empowering women and enhancing early childhood development are often pursued as separate policy initiatives. This is partly because female empowerment and child development can be perceived as potentially at odds with each other, as some believe a greater participation of women in the labor force stands in the way of child development, since children … [Read more...] about Empowering mothers while enhancing early childhood development
During this unprecedented global health crisis, a rapid and effective government response is crucial to minimize the negative impact of COVID-19. Clearly, having a solid health system and qualified personnel in charge is key. But efficient and transparent electronic-public purchasing policies are also important. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) works with national … [Read more...] about Evidence-based purchasing in times of COVID-19: Lessons from Argentina
In the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, there were signs that virus-related restrictions such as lockdowns and social distancing measures, meant to slow the spread of the virus, had a silver lining: air quality improvements. Air quality initially did improve in many cities of Latin America and the Caribbean, as measured both by air quality monitoring stations and … [Read more...] about Too Good to Be True: Air Quality Improvements due to Coronavirus Restrictions Are Not Widespread or Persistent
At the end of March, people in Lima saw something truly out of the ordinary: clear blue sky. Famous for its ever-present grey haze, Lima is one among many cities that have experienced a noticeable improvement in air quality as social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus have made people stay home and businesses change how they operate. While social distancing appears … [Read more...] about What does air quality tell us about the coronavirus response in Latin America and the Caribbean?