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The Integrated Social Information Systems are the result of a joint effort between the Inter-American Development Bank and a team of researchers from the region with the aim of gathering lessons learned in the design, implementation and follow up of the Integrated Social Information System (SIS) in six countries of the region. The studies include the cases of organizations such as SINTYS in Argentina, Cadastro Unico in Brazil, SIIS and RIS in Chile, SISBEN in Colombia, SIPO-SABEN in Costa Rica, and the Mexican Registry of Opportunities. The major goal of such systems is to integrate the data available in these countries and serve as a tool to prioritize the social expenditure incurred by the various official bodies.
Using the Quality of Life Surveys conducted in Colombia in 2003 and 2008, this study finds that policy instruments aimed at easing low-income households’ access to affordable housing such as subsidies and loan guarantees have played a modest role in increasing the use of mortgages as a source of funding. Despite this, subsidies have had a significant impact on both the quality of dwelling and the ... (View publication)
Identity is an increasingly hot topic in today's world. Whether it's hunting for terrorists, searching for lost children, identifying casualties from the tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, or naming bodies in mass graves, identity is the point of departure. Even the more mundane activities of life--driving a car, getting on an airplane, going to school--are predicated on proof of identity. In this lig ... (View publication)
This book looks at the potential and the limits of policies to promote entrepreneurship as an important vehicle for social mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as steps to remove the constrains that hamper entrepreneurship. (View publication)
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