Development in the Americas (DIA) 2015 - IDB Flagship Publication
The Early Years: Child Well-being and the Role of Public Policy
Child well-being matters for both ethical and economic reasons as children who flourish in the early years are more likely to become healthy, productive citizens later in life. This year’s edition of Development in the Americas (DIA) focuses on the well-being of children from conception to 8 years of age and makes the case for public intervention in improving child outcomes. The process of child development—physical, communicational, cognitive, and socio-emotional— does not unfold on its own, but is shaped by the experiences children accumulate at home, in daycare centers, and at school. Parents, relatives, other caregivers, teachers, and government all have a hand in shaping those experiences. This book offers suggestions for public policy to improve those experiences in ways that would certainly shape children’s lives and the face of the societies they live in for years to come.
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Ensuring Access to Quality Early Childhood Development: Anything but Child’s Play By Samuel Berlinski
“Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.” This is one of many important targets set by the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2015. How hard will it be to achieve this goal by 2030?
Universal Children’s Day: Should We Celebrate? By Rita Funaro
“The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.” So spoke UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in preparation for Universal Children’s Day on November 20.
Little Money for Little Kids By Rita Funaro
For every dollar spent on children aged 0 to 5, three dollars is spent on children aged 6 to 12 in Latin America and the Caribbean. That is one of the unsettling findings of The Early Years: Child Well-Being and the Role of Public Policy, edited by Samuel Berlinski and Norbert Schady.
Five Reasons Why Government Should Be Involved in Raising Kids By Rita Funaro
In recent years, advocates of limited government in both the developed and developing worlds have gained significant traction, arguing that large bureaucracies feed inefficiency and corruption, stifle initiative, and interfere with personal privacy. Yet, there is at least one area (likely more), in which that passion for limited government may well be misplaced: the need to guarantee the successful development of children.
Breastfeeding: The Best Recipe for a Healthy Start By Samuel Berlinski
Latin America has a breast feeding problem. But before getting into the details, let me note that August 1-7, 2015 is World Breastfeeding Week. The line-up of sponsors is impressive. This annual event is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of organizations and individuals that promote breastfeeding worldwide.
Hitting Kids: How Much Does It Hurt? By Norbert Schady
During the recent riots in Baltimore, MD, Toya Graham, an irate mother of a would-be protester, became an instant celebrity when she was caught on tape roughing up her son. She appeared on the evening news slapping his head repeatedly and pushing him down the street away from the violence that was engulfing...
The Beauty of a Bedtime Story By Samuel Berlinski
International literacy day on September 8th offers a new opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of literacy to individuals and society. Being able to read and write can impact people’s lives on many levels.
From Oliver Twist to Harry Potter: The Story of Children’s Rights By Samuel Berlinski and Florencia López-Boo
What do Harry Potter and Oliver Twist have in common? They’re both orphans, yes. But also —centuries apart— they embody the concept of childhood in the respective times and societies of the authors who created them. The idea of what it means to be a child has evolved throughout history to reach its present version, in which children have their own rights and the government has the duty to guarantee them.
For more details, watch these videos:
Bringing up better babies, The Economist, United States
Informe del BID propone priorizar la educación de la primera infancia, ABC Color, Perú
BID: se debe focalizar gasto en la primera infancia para aminorar la desigualdad, La República, Perú
BID recomenda que América Latina invista em programas para primeira infância, EM.COM.BR, Brazil
Pide el BID a AL invertir en programas para la primera infancia, La Jornada, México
Latinoamérica gasta 0,4 % de PIB en primera infancia, casi la mitad que OCDE, Noticias Terra, Colombia
Previous editions of Development in the Americas (DIA):
The Early Years: Child Well-Being and the Role of Public Policy
Child well-being matters for both ethical and economic reasons as children who flourish in the early years are more likely to become healthy, productive citizens later in life.
Rethinking Productive Development: Sound Policies and Institutions for Economic Transformation
Anemic economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is in need of a post-Washington-Consensus policy shot in the arm. Unfortunately, the ghost of industrial policy casts a shadow over all efforts because it has often done more harm than good.
More than Revenue: Taxation as a Development Tool
More than Revenue aims to provide an up-to-date overview of the current state of taxation in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, its main reform needs, and possible reform strategies that take into account the likely economic, institutional, and political constraints on the reform process.
Room for Development: Housing Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean
This edition of the IDB's flagship publication, Development in the Americas, takes an in-depth look at the opportunities countries have to improve urban housing markets and pave the way for solutions that involve the private sector.
Unveiling the Impact of New Information Technologies
Policymakers and academics agree that computers, the Internet, mobile telephones and other information and communication technologies can be beneficial for economic and social development. But how strong is the impact?
The Age of Productivity: Transforming Economies
from the Bottom Up
The book provides tools to ponder productivity growth beyond conventional aggregate analysis, focusing on the extreme heterogeneity of sectors and firms while emphasizing the importance of policies that allow high productivity firms to thrive and expand.
Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life
Using an enhanced version of the recently created Gallup World Poll, the Inter-American Development Bank surveyed people from throughout the region and found that perceptions of quality of life are often very different from the reality.