A recent Lant Pritchet presentation at the IDB mixed wit, irony and insights about development effectiveness. Here is what he said.
Some thoughts on the Fourth Annual Involuntary Resettlement Workshop jointly sponsored in Haiti by the IDB and the World Bank
Violence in nineteenth-century Colombia (as in many other places) was essentially a technology for political elites to compete for the rents from power. Elections with a larger franchise can undermine and substitute this technology, reducing violence.
Implementing Impact evaluations in the field is fraught with challenges. Here an IADB expert, a government official, a top survey expert and a researcher manager at JPAL share their experiences
Random assignment to treatment and control by lotteries or raffle draws seems trivial and simple. In field conditions, it is not. Our recent experience in Bolivia and the Dominican Republic provides us with some lessons on their implementation and the need to plan, the need to be consistently fair, and perceived being fair, communicate and manage crisis and pressures
We started in Santiago, Chile, the second workshop of Surveys and Impact Assessment. This two-week course addresses two major components of impact assessment. The methodologies for the design of assessments and surveys, the mechanism for collecting the information needed to measure the impacts.
The debate on the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity is warming up. For some climate change will adversely affect agricultural productivity, for others this effect is not clear, and is not significant. Both sides accuse each other of using questionable data and doubt questionable methods. This is an important debate because in some poor countries agricultural value added can be over 40% of GDP.
The key question is not whether the tourism-poverty link exists—it almost certainly does in some form—but under what conditions it is strongest.
Investing in Base of the Pyramid business models requires a good tracking system. Here are 5 things you need to know on impact investing metrics