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?
What does and doesn't work in development
The 2018 Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO) is a testimony to that old saying “What gets measured gets done.” In its reflection of changes taking place globally, at the regional level and internally across the IDB Group (IDBG), it mirrors not only decisions that were taken in ministries across the region, in offices at the IDBG but also at the level of our field … [Read more...] about Four key steps to a greater development impact
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
By Reinaldo Fioravanti and Alejandro Fros Haiti was still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake when Hurricane Sandy hit the island on October 23, 2012. The deadliest and most destructive storm of that year’s Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy caused enormous damage in Haiti, displacing 19,000 people and damaging or destroying more than 27,700 … [Read more...] about Rebuilding with Local Force: Response to Hurricane Sandy Strengthens Haitian Firms
By Xiomara Alemán, Suzanne Duryea, Nancy Guerra, Patrick McEwan, Rodrigo Muñoz, Marco Stampini, and Ariel Williamson Who could have imagined four decades ago that a few Venezuelan musicians rehearsing in a garage would lay the foundation for a project that to date has enrolled millions of children and adolescents? But that’s just what the Venezuelan National System of … [Read more...] about Music as an Opportunity for Development: An Alternative Approach to Improve Lives of Young People in Venezuela