Enhancing the Working Conditions of the “Clasificadores” in Uruguay by Regulating the Shadow Trash Market

By: Antonio Manzi Gari (BPG Founder and Partner), and Luca Brockmann Even though Uruguay was picked in 2013 as country of the year by The Economist mainly due to its progressive social reforms, it still faces deeply entrenched social problems. Amongst these is the situation of the informal waste collectors, the “clasificadores”, whose main…

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The Regional Chevening Alumni Conference Latin America: establishing a strong Chevening LatAm network

The Regional Chevening* Alumni Conference Latin America, hosted in Bogotá - Colombia  (15th -16th March 2018), was an opportunity to establish the Chevening Latin American Network and a place to discuss relevant topics to Latin America such as corruption, trade, sustainable development, and regional leadership.   Seven members from Bloomsbury Policy Group representing…

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Técnicos y políticos en la elaboración de Políticas Públicas

Panel de ex alumnos de Universidades Británicas Nicolás Brener, Antonio Manzi, Agustín Iturralde, Mauro Casa El pasado 20 de febrero, tuvo lugar el primer evento del año de la Asociación de Graduados de Universidades Británicas en Uruguay (GBUA). Cuatro ex becarios Chevening e integrantes del BPG integraron un panel en el que expusieron…

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Transparency and public services outsourcing

Nicolás Brener (*)   Transparency has become a ‘magical word’ in politics, becoming a powerful concept frequently associated with positive values such as accountability, honesty and legitimacy.  Internationally, there has been a “global explosion” of Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, which are perceived to have a central role in resolving the accountability deficit…

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Beyond the SIB Hype: What does the evidence show us? A systematic review of empirical research on Social Impact Bonds.

Antonio Manzi (*)   Seven years have passed since the launch of the first Social Impact Bond (SIB), a relatively new funding mechanism to finance the delivery of social services with private investments. The basic structure of these schemes consist of a specific social issue identified by the government and a non-governmental service…

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Uruguay and New Zealand: are they really cousins?

  Agustín Iturralde (*) Several Uruguayan scholars have been looking to New Zealand as a mirror that shows what their country could have been. These two countries share demographic, geographic and economic characteristics, and until early 20th century, both were among the richest economies in the world. However, during the last century, they…

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Corrupt Practices on the Currency Exchange Control in Venezuela by Citizens, Corporations, and Public Officials

Juan Leopoldo Martinez (*)   Corruption is a major problem of many societies, becoming a common topic in the media where not only politicians but athletes and renowned people have participated in such unethical behaviour. However, the problem has been observed mainly from the perspective of illegal actions performed by public officials and…

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High prices – low evidence: Is the lack of transparency hindering the access to affordable medication?

High prices - low evidence: Is the lack of transparency hindering the access to affordable medication? - The case of Sofosbuvir. Angela Uyen One third of the world lacks access to medicines. During the last decades factors like Intellectual property and the increasing number of new technologies, have posed great challenges for governance in the pharmaceutical sector. The need…

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Gender equality in healthcare access during international health crises

Gender equality in healthcare access during international health crises: a systematic review Verónica Osorio Calderón During the last Public Health Emergencies of International Concern like Zika or Ebola outbreaks, women were more affected in terms of morbidity and mortality rates. The care giving role of women exposes them to infection and does not…

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