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Inter-American Development Bank calls for solutions for financial inclusion of people with disabilities

Most voted projects may receive up to $50,000 in grants

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced a call for innovative ideas to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities as financial sector clients and workers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition organized by the IDB’s Innovation Lab is open to public and private financial institutions, either regulated or non-regulated, from the Bank’s 48 member countries for projects to be carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean. Participants must register and submit their proposals at the lab’s website, bidinnovacion.org.

Proposals, which must be submitted by December 31, 2012, will be put to a vote by the general public. The most voted ideas will be evaluated by a panel of experts, who will select the best ones to receive grants of up to $50,000 for their implementation.

The call for solutions is financed with resources from the Italian Cooperation, in coordination with the Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN) and the beyondBanking program of the IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department.

About the Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab, a virtual platform managed by the IDB’s Competitiveness and Innovation Division, uses crowdsourcing to foster the exchange of original ideas and find high-impact solutions to diverse development problems in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The lab currently has two other competitions underway:

Inclusion in Firms: open to public and private companies and organizations with innovative solutions for labor inclusion of people with disabilities. Priority will be given to proposals with a focus on gender. The most voted ideas will qualify for a second phase, in which a panel of experts will select the best proposals. Projects may receive grants of up to $50,000 for their implementation. Applicants must register and submit their proposals at www.bidinnovacion.org/inclusion-in-firms.

Disruptive Ideas: open to organizations and individuals with ideas to break barriers to labor inclusion of people with disabilities. Participants with the most voted proposals will be invited by the IDB to present their ideas and discuss their implementation with the Innovation Lab’s staff. Participants must register and submit their ideas at www.bidinnovacion.org/disruptive-ideas.

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Development that Works | Inter-American Development Bank

This IDB blog highlights effective ideas in the fight against poverty and exclusion, and analyzes the impact of development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
http://blogs.iadb.org/desarrolloefectivo_en/

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ELLA – Evidence and Lessons from Latin America

ELLA – Evidence and Lessons from Latin America
ella.practicalaction.org

Recently launched, ELLA is a knowledge sharing and learning platform on selected economic, environmental and governance issues, funded by the UK Department for International Development.

ELLA represents an opportunity for learning, sharing and networking.

• It shares knowledge of recent Latin American experiences tailored for African and Asian policy makers and practitioners who are looking to innovate: successful experiences, evidence-based lessons, key organisations and publications.

• It supports learning between Latin American, African and South Asian countries

• It provides a networking platform for organisations and individuals to link to Latin America

You can view the website and find out more information about the project at http://ella.practicalaction.org

Thanks to Yaso Kunaratnam!

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IDB calls for proposals about impact assessment methodologies

Mira – Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

IDB calls for proposals about impact assessment methodologies in Latin America and the Caribbean
Deadline for submissions is June 13th.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is calling for proposals about “Measuring Institutional Impact on the Region of the Americas (MIRA).” The Bank will select eight proposals to carry out impact assessment methodologies in institutional strengthening programs for government agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The deadline for submissions is June 13, 2011. Each selected proposal will receive up to $50,000 in funding.

The competition aims to help achieve the following:

* Demonstrate that institutional strengthening initiatives achieve their principal objectives and therefore contribute to economic development.
* Reduce the knowledge gap on the impact of institutional strengthening.
* Improve the design of future public policies.
* Document the need to incorporate evaluation components in the design of such interventions.

The formulation of an effective methodology for assessing impact on programs to strengthen institutional capacity is critical for ensuring that these activities achieve their principal objectives, which are to help improve public policies, increase competitiveness, and promote economic development and social equity.

The MIRA competition is open to public institutions, nonprofit or for-profit organizations, academic institutions, research centers, or bilateral development agencies. The proposals should be designed for interventions implemented in the public sector, whether executed by the governmental entity itself or through a different organization.

A committee of experts will evaluate the proposals according to the clarity of their objectives, their capacity to provide empirical documentation on the impact of capacity strengthening initiatives, their ability to demonstrate causal relationships based on the results, and their incorporation of elements of cost-efficiency.

The eight winners will have the opportunity to work with IDB specialists in developing their methodologies, which will help provide them with recognition as leaders in issues of institutional capacity building and impact assessment. The winners will receive up to an additional $25,000 to replicate their methodologies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition is open until June 13, 2011. For information on how to send proposals, please visit www.iadb.org/MIRA.

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World Bank Publications: Impact Evaluation of Small and Medium Enterprise Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean – 978-0-8213-8775-7 details

World Bank Publications: Impact Evaluation of Small and Medium Enterprise Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean – 978-0-8213-8775-7 details.

Small and medium enterprise (SME) support programs are a common feature of industrial policy in developing countries, but one whose effectiveness is not well known. Governments are motivated to support SMEs both because they make up the majority of industrial enterprises and contribute substantially to GDP, employment and earnings, and because SMEs are thought to be weaker than their larger counterparts. Few governments, however, have evaluated their SME programs rigorously so there is little empirical basis for rational allocation of resources to the well performing programs. The paucity of empirical evidence from rigorous impact evaluations also presents problems for multi-lateral and bilateral donors in deciding whether or not to provide lending or aid for such policy interventions to promote SME development.

This study rigorously evaluate SME programs in four Latin American countries to gain insights into which programs perform better than others, and just as important, why. These countries – Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru – cover a wide range of enterprise support programs, including training, innovation and technology upgrading, quality control, market development, export promotion and network formation. Broadly comparable panel data on enterprises is used to investigate the net impacts of these SME interventions.

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Institute of Development Studies – Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in Latin America: Overview of the Literature with Annotated Bibliography

Institute of Development Studies – Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in Latin America: Overview of the Literature with Annotated Bibliography.

Increased discussion on the merits and methods of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) has emerged as a result of various trends in academic and practical fields of development thought and policy. In Latin America, as elsewhere, the inclusion of primary stakeholders in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities is being insisted upon by donors, and increasingly sought by Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs). But concerns over costs, timing and quality as well as use of information thus gathered are also raised.

PM&E is often still considered to be mostly an issue of method and timing, as well as of information management and effective systems, but with the addition of involving beneficiaries in a consultative process. Furthermore PM&E is mostly considered to be relevant only as an activity at a particular stage of the project cycle (e.g. mid-term evaluation, local population as monitoring agents, or evaluation at the end of project or policy cycle); less commitment and experience can be observed at the point of making effective and transparent the adaptations in planning, implementation and institutional behaviour that can result from a process of PM&E. The phase of taking PM&E beyond the realm of methodology, into that of organisational change and institutional learning for a transformative development and research agenda is only slowly being initiated.

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IDB launches call for proposals for impact assessment of institutional capacity initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

IDB

February 15, 2011 – Announcements
IDB launches call for proposals for impact assessment of institutional capacity initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the Call for Proposals “Measuring Institutional Impact on the Region of the Americas (MIRA
),” which seeks to identify candidates for which it will
provide funding totaling up to $50,000 for each of eight proposals to carry out impact assessment methodologies in institutional strengthening programs for government agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition aims to help achieve the following:

* Demonstrate that institutional strengthening initiatives achieve their principal objectives and therefore contribute to economic development. * Reduce the knowledge gap on the impact of institutional strengthening. * Improve the design of future public policies.
* Document the need to incorporate evaluation components in the design of such interventions.

The formulation of an effective methodology for assessing impact on programs to strengthen institutional capacity is critical for ensuring that these activities achieve their principal objectives, which are to help improve public policies, increase competitiveness, and promote economic development and social equity.

The MIRA competition is open to public institutions either individually or in partnership with nonprofit or for-profit organizations, academic institutions, research centers, or bilateral development agencies.

A committee of experts will evaluate the proposals according to the clarity of their objectives, their capacity to provide empirical documentation on the impact of
capacity strengthening initiatives, their ability to demonstrate causal relationships based on the results, and their incorporation of elements of cost-efficiency.

The eight winners will have the opportunity to work with IDB specialists in developing their methodologies, which will help provide them with recognition as leaders in
issues of institutional capacity building and impact assessment. The winners will
receive up to an additional $25,000 to replicate their methodologies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The competition is open until *May 15, 2011*. For information on how to send proposals, please visit www.iadb.org/MIRA .

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The MIRA Contest

More Information
MIRA@iadb.org
+1 (202) 623-1629

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AL-INVEST IV: A bridge between EU and Latin American SMEs

The fourth phase of AL-INVEST, financed by the European Commission, aims at supporting the internationalisation of Latin American SMEs in collaboration with their European partners in order to contribute to reinforce social cohesion in the region. Unlike the previous phases, the fourth phase of the AL-INVEST (2009-2012) is implemented through three groups of business organisations belonging to three distinct geographical areas of Latin America: 1. Central America-Cuba-México; 2. Andean Region; 3. Mercosur Chile and Venezuela. These three groups are supported through horizontal services delivered by a European consortium lead by EUROCHAMBRES. This consortium will carry out market studies, business meetings, technical assistance, individual exchange programmes and trainings. In addition, all European business organisations with experience and/or interest in working with Latin America will be gathered under a Network of Interested Institutions. AL-INVEST IV website: http://www.al-invest4.eu

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The Global Financial Crisis: What does it mean for microfinance?

In most past financial crises – like those of the 1990s in Asia, Mexico, and Russia – financial services for poor people have been remarkably resilient. In fact, the quality of the loan portfolios of microfinance institutions (MFIs) during the Asian crisis and in Latin America during various banking crises barely quivered, while corporate portfolios collapsed. ”Our present crisis is like no other,” says CGAP CEO Elizabeth Littlefield. ”Microfinance is far more connected now. While it still has deeply shock-resistant roots, and many places seem unaffected today, there is little doubt that there will be impact.” Integrating microfinance into the mainstream has many benefits but it also has some costs. MFIs that depend on foreign capital investments are suffering, and the medium and longer term effects of a global recession are likely to be hard on microfinance clients in some countries. http://www.cgap.org/p/site/c/template.rc/1.26.4511

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IDB/MIF: 2008 Call for proposals: Financing facility for remittances

The Financing Facility for Remittances is opening its 2008 call for proposals on ”Promoting innovative remittance systems and investment channels for migrants”. http://www.iadb.org/mif/newsDetail.cfm?language=English&ID=48