On the day we celebrated the World Day of Social Justice, it seemed appropriate to talk about education, as education is one of the basic pillars to achieve social justice. Regardless of whether we look at it on a global scale “as an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations”, or within each individual country as a way to “"improve … [Read more...] about Three environmental and social pitfalls to avoid on education programs
In spite of advancement in women’s participation in many sectors, globally “the share of women in construction industry has remained shockingly low for decades -– under 3 percent”. Women are considered to be disruptive to an “all-male” workforce and have to confront cultural stereotypes, sexual harassment, and life –balance challenges. However, with a large portion of … [Read more...] about Three effective ways to increase women participation in construction works
On December 8 of every year, around one million people visit the Lo Vásquez Sanctuary in Casablanca, located at 70 kilometers from Santiago de Chile. On that day, the Holiday of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated. In the last decade, pilgrimages to the area have increased over 60%, and today it is the largest religious festivity in the country. Next to the sanctuary, … [Read more...] about How did 22 street vendors become the administrators of a Commercial Center?
In our previous post we noted how participatory monitoring helps generate more trust between communities and companies with potentially controversial projects. But there are right ways to carry out these joint monitoring exercises. We’ve boiled down our experience at the IDB into three key tips that can provide a starting point for participatory monitoring. Don’t … [Read more...] about Three ways communities can help monitor projects
The first part of a two-part blog series on using community members to monitor projects. Participatory monitoring is the term used to refer to engaging community members in overseeing the projects that impact their lives. It is typically used in projects that: Can potentially have significant negative environmental and social impacts (i.e. projects in the extractive … [Read more...] about What is participatory monitoring and how does it help prevent conflicts