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December 9, 2018

El desafío de los subsidios a los hidrocarburos (Los Tiempos)

From the op-ed:
El 2018 no ha sido el mejor año para las exportaciones del gas boliviano. El 98 por ciento del gas boliviano salió hacia Brasil y Argentina, cuyas economías están haciendo todo lo posible por reducir esas importaciones. La Corte Internacional de Justicia recién descartó la posibilidad de exigir a Chile un acceso soberano al mar, reduciendo el anhelo de exportar por un puerto propio. Los precios del petróleo están muy inestables, lo que significa mayor incertidumbre para las exportaciones bolivianas, posibles aumentos en los costos de subsidios y mayores déficits fiscales.
En un estudio publicado por el Centro para el Desarrollo Global, Roberto Laserna estimó que entre 2005 y 2016 Bolivia dedicó anualmente un promedio mayor a los mil quinientos millones de dólares ($us. 1.500 millones) a los subsidios a los hidrocarburos. ¿A quién fueron esos miles de millones? Fueron a quienes pudieron consumir la mayor cantidad de energía. Laserna revela que el 10 por ciento de familias con los ingresos más altos gasta unos 546 bolivianos de su ingreso mensual en energía, mientras que las familias del 10 por ciento de ingresos más bajos solo gastan un promedio de 107 bolivianos al mes para la energía. Esa es la proporción desigual en que reciben los subsidios los bolivianos.
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July 31, 2017

New Initiative Aims to Deliver on the Promise of Blockchain for Identity (Devex)

From the article:

The key constraints to blockchain moving forward will extend beyond the scope of technology, reads a report released by the Center for Global Development earlier this month.

“For blockchain-based solutions to reach their full potential in this space, governments and development organizations first need to take steps that they have often resisted in the past,” reads the report. “The good news is that excitement about the technology has already generated more interest (and investment) by some of these organizations in addressing these underlying challenges.”

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July 20, 2017

Non-Profits See Blockchain Vision, But Face Harsh Realities (Coindesk)

From the article:

Although Wall Street pundits and big bank proofs-of-concept often steal the bulk of the attention, they're not the only global groups with an interest in blockchain technology.

In fact, behind the scenes, the world's largest and most influential non-profits and multilateral organizations are turning to blockchain solutions as a way to improve social and economic outcomes in the developing world...

"Everyone is kind of in the same place in the development community: everyone wants to be on the cutting edge, but they’re making what can be life or death decisions in terms of aid distribution, so they have to get these things right,” said Michael Pisa, a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development.

The author of a soon-to-be-released research paper on how development organizations should be approaching blockchain, Pisa highlights the multiplicity of use cases for blockchain as a development tool.

These include how it could be applied to aid disbursement, international payments, digital identity and property rights, but he argues that a premature utilization of the technology could have adverse consequences.

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