Facebook posts that include pictures result in an average of 180% more interactions compared to simple text posts. Including photos in LinkedIn increases the probability of having comments by 98%. The same thing happens on Twitter. How are these statistics relevant to transparency policies? Very simple. If a country wants to provide open access to information about public … [Read more...] about Transparency and Technology: How Citizens can Track Public Money
Are temporary contracts harming productivity in Colombia?
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?
Turning trash into light – Liter of light
By Carmen Fernández-Sánchez The simple act of filling recycled plastic bottles with water and chlorine has allowed light to enter millions of previously unlit homes around the globe. What’s more, this innovation has saved low-income families up to 40% on electricity bills. No-one could have told Alfredo Moser, a Brazilian mechanic, that his invention would spread … [Read more...] about Turning trash into light – Liter of light
Once the Colombian conflict ends: Where will the internally displaced population go?
By Ana María Ibáñez** The end of a conflict poses new challenges. Post-conflict is a fragile period: political forces need to accommodate to the new realities, a flow of ex-combatants enter the society, victims become active political actors claiming truth and restitution, and uncertainty is still high, among others. This implies that the risk of the war resuming is ten … [Read more...] about Once the Colombian conflict ends: Where will the internally displaced population go?
Democratizing public transportation
By Sergio Deambrosi* Despite the great benefits that Cali, Colombia’s new mass transportation system has brought to the city, low useage poses a challengefor its long-term sustainability. Just three years ago Cali, Colombia’s third city by population, had chaotic traffic. Streets and avenues were congested most of the day with a proliferation of buses, which contributed … [Read more...] about Democratizing public transportation