Por Steven Collins* Uruguay is demonstrating that there is more to renewable energy than lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable energy is a big deal inUruguay; over two-thirds of the country’s energy comes from hydropower. However, droughts in past years have left the country’s reservoirs dangerously low, and as a result, hydropower facilities have struggled to meet … [Read more...] about Winds of Change in Uruguay
By Verónica Adler and Ana Castillo* The Municipal Government bet on renovating the iconic Agricultural Market in the Goes neighborhood, and in the first trimester of 2014 the restored landmark generated 550 jobs and had a turnover of $US8.8 million. The good old days Carmen and Carlos are a married couple in Montevideo, who have been residents of the Goes neighborhood … [Read more...] about A Bet That Pays Off: the Agricultural Market of Montevideo
[vsw id="R55e-uHQna0" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"] Remember the 2011 Superbowl “Darth Vader Kid ad where a young boy attempts to use The Force to start a washer and wake up the dog? The Force only works on a Volkswagen Passat, after his father - hiding behind the kitchen window -uses the car’s remote to start it. We are fascinated that a little … [Read more...] about Laptops, children and Darth Vader
By Tania Páez The pressure to obtain short-term results is not exclusive to the corporate world. Development projects are also subject to the same type of pressure. While CEOs feel compelled to show profits to shareholders every quarter, politicians need to show voters the results of their development projects every election cycle. That can make it difficult to implement … [Read more...] about Montevideo’s Sanitation Project Stands the Test of Time
Joint blog post with Gustavo Crespi The relationship between innovation and employment has never been an easy one. For a long time innovation was seen as a potential threat to employment and economists got to the point of defining technological unemployment as a disease. The argument was that technological change could create unemployment through the substitution of … [Read more...] about Is innovation a threat to employment in Latin America?