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New entries on 30 August 2016
August 29, 2016
¿Cuántas veces en la escuela nos dijeron “no hay que copiar”, “no es correcto” o simplemente “no se debe copiar”? Bueno, olvidémonos de esa frase por un rato y situémonos en el siempre desafiante y complejo mundo de la implementación y gestión de las políticas públicas de desarrollo infantil temprano. ¿Qué hacemos cuando los recursos financieros son escasos, los equipos rotan o existe desmotivación de parte de los profesionales y técnicos que trabajan en lo local? La anterior es una pregunta que da cuenta de una realidad demasiado extendida en América Latina y el Caribe: las condiciones laborales en las que trabajan los equipos y los recursos insuficientes que se destinan a la inversión en primera infancia.
Marie Sophie Müller (Programme Specialist, Programme Development, World Economic Forum)
August 26, 2016
There are two stories being told about Latin America these days, and they could not be more different. On the one hand, there is the narrative of economic downturn, low commodity prices, inept monetary policies, of challenged political institutions and protests on the streets. On the other hand, there is the narrative of a continent on the verge of an historical shift. Think of the economic re-positioning of Cuba, the peace process in Colombia, the new government in Argentina. Whilst it cannot be denied that scepticism and uncertainty remain, this narrative is accompanied both by hope and opportunity, underlined by a young generation’s desire to be more entrepreneurial, better educated and to make full use of technology to forge a more inclusive society. How can Latin American leaders navigate global and regional challenges? How can they strengthen the continent's resilience - economically, socially and environmentally? And finally, how can they set an agenda for a prosperous and inclusive future?
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Jorge Alejandro García Ramirez (CEO and Co-Founder, Bive)
August 24, 2016
The Latin American region has seen significant social and economic changes over the past 50 years. However, it is a region with a high variation in terms of economic development and health profiles among its population. Since 1990 every country in the region has gone through a series of health sector reforms with the aim of increasing equity, effectiveness and coverage of health systems; unfortunately, despite their positive results they have not achieved the proposed goals. One of the reasons behind this situation is the absence of public health strategies.
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New entries on 23 August 2016
Alberto Palloni (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Laetícia De Souza (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth) and Letícia Junqueira Marteleto (University of Texas)
August 22, 2016
This One Pager summarises the key resultsfound in Palloni, de Souza and Marteleto (2016). That study estimates the magnitude and direction of effects of parental and sibling smoking on adolescent smoking behaviour in Brazil, the most populous country in Latin America, where the smoking epidemic is in the early to intermediate stages.
Marjo Koivisto (Programme Lead, Economics and Finance, World Economic Forum)
August 19, 2016
As hundreds of leaders meet in Medellín for the World Economic Forum on Latin America, here are some of the top economic and finance issues they’ll be discussing. On of the main trends id the Growth and investment outlook in Latin America’s “new normal”. This year, a number of Latin American economies face recession as a result of weaker external demand, further declines in commodity prices, volatile financing conditions and some key domestic imbalances.
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