Breaking paradigms about leadership

By: Alejandra Terán*  As part of the On Think Tanks Fellowship Program, one of the topics that I wanted to learn more about was leadership. In the process, I realized I had several preconceptions of what leadership meant and some of them were not entirely correct. I started to ask …

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HIV is on the rise in Bolivia, but it is concentrated in just a handful of municipalities

By: Lykke E. Andersen* and Alejandra Gonzales** Thanks to the diligent work of the “Programa Nacional ITS/VIH/SIDA y Hepatitis Virales” in Bolivia, we able to present a good overview of the HIV situation in Bolivia. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus, which can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). …

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Open and hidden gender inequality

By: Lykke E. Andersen* Economists distinguish between open and hidden unemployment, and I think it is possible to introduce a similar distinction in the area of gender inequality. I will define open gender inequality as that which is reflected in all the traditional gender indicators, such as gender gaps in …

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Neophobia

By: Lykke E. Andersen* One of my favourite Christmas presents this season was a book recommendation: Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction written by British biologist and ecologist Chris D. Thomas. As the gift-giver very well knows, I don’t particularly sympathise with ecologists, …

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Who are the NINIS (out of school and out of work) in Bolivia?

By: Beatriz Muriel H., Ph.D* The NINIS phenomenon (that is, young people who neither study nor work) is gaining relevance in the academic debate. However, the meaning behind this word is still a black box with many theories about its content. At one extreme, NINIS are imagined as lazy young …

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Dollar Street: A virtual trip around the world to fight xenophobia

By: Lykke E. Andersen* A phobia is an irrational fear of something. We all suffer from phobias of some kind. My worst phobia is arachnophobia, which is one of the reasons I love living in the (almost) safe haven of La Paz. Instead of trying to confront and overcome my …

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The number of people in extreme poverty fell by 137,000 since yesterday

By: Lykke E. Andersen* Max Roser, who created and maintains Our World In Data at the University of Oxford, complains that we never see such a headline in the newspapers, although, on average, this would have been an accurate title every single day during the last 25 years.

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Advantages and disadvantages of being disabled in Bolivia

By: Lykke E. Andersen* Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and I wanted to share some data from the latest Bolivian Population Census (2012), which was unusual, because it included questions about disabilities for the first time. According to this census, disability is not that common in …

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