By Mario González Flores* & Leonardo Corral** Is access to credit enough to improve welfare indicators at the firm or farm level? In recent years, a great deal of hope to promote development has been placed on the potential transformative power of financial access (World Bank 2007; Karlan and Morduch 2010). At the firm or farm level, having access to credit can … [Read more...] about Credit or no credit? Is that really the question?
*By German Sturzenegger y Gastón Gertner How random selection of beneficiaries can promote transparency A few months ago, together with a team of IDB Specialists and government officials from Bolivia’s Ministry of Environment & Water (MMAYA), we arrived to Sica Sica, a municipality located in La Paz Department, to supervise a random selection of communities through a … [Read more...] about Water by lottery draw?
On February 2013 the 3rd article of the Mexican constitution was reformed to establish that the State must guarantee education quality. The reform also established that entry into the teaching profession and promotion to supervisory positions in elementary and secondary education provided by the State, must be competitive in order to guarantee appropriate capabilities and … [Read more...] about 3 ideas to improve education quality
This is joint post with Julian Cristiá, Ana Santiago and Eugenio Severín; members of the IDB team that developed the OLPC evaluation trial in Peru. Last March we published a post (also here) with the results of the first randomized impact evaluation of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) model in Peru, which has been widely discussed in the technology and education blogosphere … [Read more...] about One Laptop per Child revisited
The First Workshop on Impact Evaluation in Education in Mexico just took place these past 7th, 8th and 9th of May in Mexico City. This workshop was a response to the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education, INEE's interest to start a work agenda on impact evaluation. INEE is an independent institution of the Ministry of Education and created by presidential decree … [Read more...] about The evaluation agenda in education moves ahead in Mexico