By: Isabel Contreras and Juanita Riaño (IADB´s Office of Institutional Integrity) Every year on December 9 the International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated. This year’s message reminds us that we all have a responsibility in the fight against corruption, as it hinders achieving our goals of sustainable development, and reducing poverty and inequality in Latin-America … [Read more...] about Corruption: peeking below the tip of the iceberg
Measuring our performance
Are we supporting sound investments? Are they making a difference? How do we know and learn? How can others know? These are questions that we ask our-selves every day, and although we don’t have all the answers – nobody does – every year we attempt to get closer at having them and to report on what we have learned in our Development Effectiveness Overview. … [Read more...] about Everything you always wanted to know on IDB projects, but were afraid to ask
In well-functioning markets, new ventures either succeed or fail. In contrast, up to 2005, all aid agencies created since 1945 were still in existence (see the book on Aid by Harford and Klein here and here). Given its nature, the aid system exists in an arena that is not subject to the invisible hand of efficient markets. For years the questions asked were, how much aid, and … [Read more...] about The M in M&E: Ugly Duckling or Swan?
On March 15th during IDB’s Annual Meeting in Montevideo, we launched the third edition of the Development Effectiveness Overview. As in previous years the DEO is divided in two parts: (i) Accountability: where we the effectiveness of our work (at all stages and in all products) is measured, monitored and reported. (ii) Learning: where we report on what the Bank is … [Read more...] about Development Effectiveness Overview 2011
A joint post by Gastón Gertner and Fazia Pusterla Most impact evaluations rely on data collected through survey methods. However, it is often the case that evaluators find themselves in front of low quality databases due to poor data collection processes in the field. Research analysts at government offices and in academic environments spend a significant amount of … [Read more...] about Nourishing impact evaluations: surveys and quality of data matter