What do nearly 200 CEOs of the world’s biggest companies have in common? They have recently committed to run their businesses for the benefit of all stakeholders–customers, employees, suppliers, communities, and shareholders. This high-profile declaration echoes mounting interest across the corporate and investment worlds in achieving positive social and environmental impact … [Read more...] about Measuring impact is key to meet the Sustainable Development Goals
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Did you know that job contracts can affect a country’s GDP? It makes sense. Employment contracts have an impact on employee performance. If, as an employee, you have no intention of staying at your job for the long term, your lack of commitment will likely reduce your firm’s productivity, which in turn can reflect negatively on your country’s productivity and its GDP. Temporary … [Read more...] about Are temporary contracts harming productivity in Colombia?
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?
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