Latin America

Highlights from YouthSave’s Multi-Stakeholder Learning Exchange

February 28, 2011
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This month, the YouthSave Consortium, Expert Advisory Board (EAB) and partnering Financial Institution (FI) representatives from Project countries came together in Bogota, Colombia for a two-day learning exchange.

Great Expectations

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
January 10, 2011 |

This week has seen a predictable outpouring of disappointment about the state of Haiti one year after the country's devastating earthquake. It was predictable in part because some deserving causes for scorn -- the pace of rubble removal, the slow dispersal of reconstruction funds, the cholera outbreak -- have emerged over the last year.

Who Failed on Haiti's Recovery?

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
January 10, 2011 |

One year ago, in the wake of the Haiti earthquake, Bill Clinton wrote in TIME that "given the right organization and support, Haiti could become a self-sustaining and successful country." That hasn't happened. Despite the best intentions of many around the world, including the former President himself, Haiti is still a basket case. Only 5% of the 675 million cu. ft. (19 million cu m) of rubble in Port-au-Prince has been removed from the streets. At least 1 million Haitians still live in tents. A preventable cholera epidemic has claimed more than 2,500 lives.

Forget the Aftershocks

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
January 4, 2011 |

Haiti marks a grim anniversary this month: It's been one year since a catastrophic earthquake struck the island nation, leveling whole neighborhoods of the capital city of Port-au-Prince and killing upwards of 230,000 people. Twelve months later, much of the rebuilding and recovery remains undone. Only 40 percent of the rubble in Port-au-Prince is scheduled to be cleared by next August, complained former U.S.

Alan Gross: A Victim of U.S. Policy on Cuba

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Arturo Lopez-Levy, Ph.D. candidate at the Josef Korbel School of the University of Denver
December 16, 2010 |

It's been said that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.

No case illustrates this suffering more than that of Alan Gross, a Maryland resident and USAID subcontractor who was working to connect the Cuban Jewish community to the Internet and was detained by Cuban authorities one year ago. Campaigning for his release these many months, his wife, Judy Gross, fears that her husband has become a "pawn" in the half-century Cold War between the United States and Cuba.

An Opening in Cuba? U.S. Must Step Up

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Arturo Lopez Levy, Ph.D. candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver, Colorado
December 2, 2010 |

As Havana prepares for its first Communist Party Congress in 14 years in April, the United States should seize the opportunity to positively influence the economic blueprint the party is expected to approve.

Connecting Youth to Savings-Linked CCTS?

November 30, 2010
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In the paper, “Youth Savings in Developing Countries,” the YouthSave Consortium explores savings as a tool towards achieving the nexus potential: financial inclusion and youth development. But what if an evolved social protection scheme could give this hypothesis a little nudge forward?

YouthSave Officially Launches Website

November 23, 2010
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Today the YouthSave Consortium launches its new website, www.youthsave.org, an online resource dedicated exclusively to the experiences and research of the YouthSave Project, as well as broader information on youth savings accounts around the globe.

Echoes of the Drug War

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
November 17, 2010 |

My hotel on the outskirts of Puebla, a city of 1.3 million in central Mexico, looks out over a rolling golf course lined with palm trees and beyond that a busy highway flanked by Mazda and Mercedes car dealerships. The historic downtown has colonial Spanish architecture. Newer areas of the city boast gated subdivisions, Home Depot outlets, and strip malls. I came to attend a technology conference, "Ciudad de las Ideas," now in its third year and featuring such international luminaries as Malcolm Gladwell and Chris Anderson as speakers.

Mexican American ID Puzzle

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
November 15, 2010 |

Writing from Mexico City

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