Making a Difference

El camino hacia una cobertura universal en México

Por Rocío López Iñigo

En la última década México ha dado pasos de gigante en la carrera por una cobertura sanitaria universal. En 2012 el objetivo se dio por cumplido, gracias sobre todo a la implementación del programa nacional Seguro Popular. Introducido en 2003, este programa ofrece cobertura a más de 50 millones de personas que antes se encontraban excluidas del sistema de salud. Pretende evitar también el empobrecimiento extremo causado por gastos médicos repentinos. Los resultados analizados a unos años de su puesta en marcha son a priori… Read more about El camino hacia una cobertura universal en México

Making a Difference: A Look at Microfinance

By Roisin Duffy-Gideon

I spent ten months working for Natik, a small non-profit organization that supports grassroots organizations around San Cristóbal de las Casas and Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. One of these projects is a microfinance fund called Veredas.

Over the past several years, academics, development professionals and grassroots activists have begun to voice concern about microfinance, arguing not only that it is not effective in fighting poverty, but that it can be harmful to clients and communities. Criticisms of… Read more about Making a Difference: A Look at Microfinance

Making A Difference: Insects and Internet

Saving a National Treasure in Hispaniola

BY Brian Farrell

On July 11, 2007, the oldest university in the Americas, the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), marked the first anniversary of the entry of its natural history collections into the digital global community. These priceless collections record the changing abundances of species over the 20th century, including many species new to science and some that are perhaps already extinct. The collections of insects alone are estimated at more than 50,000 specimens. Add to this innumerable other… Read more about Making A Difference: Insects and Internet

Making A Difference: Connecting the Diaspora with Caribbean NGOs

By Elizabeth Langosy

E.One.Caribbean, an initiative based at LASPAU, seeks to engage the Caribbean diaspora in reinvigorating their home countries by providing financial, volunteer, and capacity-building resources to NGOs whose work addresses the social problems that threaten long-term economic and cultural viability.

The program was developed by Norris Prevost—a longtime member of the Parliament of Dominica and recent graduate of the Mason Fellows MPA/Midcareer Program at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG)—in conjunction with fellow KSG social enterprise… Read more about Making A Difference: Connecting the Diaspora with Caribbean NGOs

Making A Difference: Maintaining Academic Excellence in Latin American Universities

By Elizabeth Langosy

The Iniciativa para el Desarrollo de la Innovación Académica (IDIA), a teaching and learning initiative of LASPAU, helps higher education institutions in Latin America address the perennial question of how to maintain academic excellence.

The role of universities has changed with the shift from industrial to knowledge economies, which demand a more versatile labor force than was needed in the past. Along with acquiring knowledge in their fields, students must develop competencies, such as… Read more about Making A Difference: Maintaining Academic Excellence in Latin American Universities

Making A Difference: Literacy in Calca

A Congruent Pedagogical Home

By Sabina Rak Neugebauer and Rachel Currie-Rubin

Seated on the floor of their school house twenty attentive first grade eyes watch as Martha turns the pages and asks aloud about the fate of David a friendly llama.

“¿Por qué David esta buscando a su madre?” (Why is David looking for his mom?)

“Porqué él no sabe donde vive, quizás su madre este en la casa” (Because he doesn’t know where he lives, maybe his mother is in the house), responds Yeferson.

“¿Él está buscando su casa o su hogar?” (He is looking for… Read more about Making A Difference: Literacy in Calca

Making a Difference: The Bolivian Street Children Project

By Marisa Murphy

At 12,000 feet, you can feel the effects of the altitude every step you take. But a group of seven women from Harvard did not let that stop them from two months of in-depth work in the world’s highest capital city, La Paz, Bolivia. After preparing during spring semester, the group flew south in June 2007 to spend two months volunteering with the Bolivian Street Children Project. Three of us had just graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (one being me, as an Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology); two had… Read more about Making a Difference: The Bolivian Street Children Project

Pages