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News: SimPachamama Launch, New Infographic, Media Buzz

SimPachamamaCoverPageSmallSeptember 2013 is official launch month of SimPachamama, the simulation tool that models the behavior of an Amazonian community. In it, the player becomes the mayor of such a town and has to balance policy priorities in order to maximize community wellbeing, while reducing deforestation. The game, and two other didactic scientific tools developed by the team of researchers, called OSIRIS and CISS, predict that a modest deforestation tax of around US$450/ha and a matching system of  payments for deforestation reduction from rich countries to poor ones, could raise US$1 billion every two years and help reduce deforestation by 29% annually, while increasing the income of the participating poor by the same amount. Read the official Press Release HERE.

How to Live Well in Bolivia InfographicTo help make the policy recommendations easier to digest, INESAD has developed an infographic to accompany SimPachamama’s launch. You can download and share How to Live Well in Bolivia graphic HERE or click on the image to right to view.

Throughout September, the SimPachamama team that includes researchers from INESAD, Conservation International Bolivia,  the London School of Economic and Political Sciences (LSE), and others, is publishing numerous articles that explain different aspects of the game and the debates that surround deforestation, climate change, and communities. Here is a sample of what has been published so far:

Communities need more than money to stop clearing their forests, new research shows.

What is Agent Based Modeling?

SimPachamama and the Happy Planet Index

Finally, to mark the launch, INESAD and its partners have had a two-pronged strategy. A Press Conference was held in La Paz, Bolivia on August 19, which attracted 31 media representatives from 20 different organizations. The coverage that followed went far and wide including more than a dozen articles in all the main Bolivian newspapers, such as La Prensa, La Razón, and Noticias Fides. You can download the impact note HERE.

English language media was targeted on SimPachamama’s official launch date: September 01, also generating a buzz. Here are one or two article example:

Americas Quarterly: Can games influence development policy?

Mogabay News: $450/ha tax on deforestation could help curb forest loss in Bolivia, suggests new simulation Read More »

INESAD News: Welcome Lorena Talavera

As part of continuous growth, INESAD and Development Roast are bringing on board a host of new interns. Join us in welcoming our newest addition Lorena Talavera:

Lorena is originally from Peru and she is currently an international student at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Economics. She was awarded an International Development Scholarship by UEA’s School of International Development for the duration of her undergraduate degree studies.

While studying for the International Baccalaureate (IB) at Newton College in Peru, Lorena developed a passion for development ecnomics. Around the same time, she volunteered with a Peruvian nongovernmental organization called TECHO, where she spent time working with some of Lima’s disadvantaged communities on issues of emergency house building. Her experience with TECHO, with whom she is still involved, only confirmed that she wanted to contribute to the social welfare of her fellow citizens and country by studying and working in development. Read More »

INESAD News: Welcome Jonathan Fortun

As part of continuous growth, INESAD and Development Roast are bringing on board a host of new interns. Join us in welcoming our newest addition Jonathan Fortun Vargas:

Jonathan believes that coming from Bolivia is not a coincidence in his life; he is certain that change comes from within and, therefore, he has been preparing all his life to support the development of his country and region. He is certain that INESAD is a great platform to build a collective consciousness for the improvement of Bolivia, and as an intern he hopes to contribute to this change.

He holds a Master in Economics (Kobe University, Japan); an M.A. in Finance and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Financial Engineering, both from universities in Bolivia. Read More »

INESAD News: Beatriz Muriel Inaugurated

Today, on April 3, 2013, INESAD’s Dr. Beatriz Muriel Hernandez was incorporated as an Academic of the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences (ABCE). The event took place at the Bolivian Catholic University (UCB).

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INESAD is Recruiting: Research and Communications Interns (Remote)

INESADThe Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) is going through an exciting and dynamic period of change. As part of the expansion, we are implementing a new communications and outreach strategy. The R&C internship with INESAD is a unique opportunity for suitable motivated and adaptable candidates to build research skills at a prestigious institution whilst gaining invaluable hands-on experience of what it takes to drive organizational growth through external communications and outreach. It will also give interns the rare opportunity to research and co-author for and publish academic working papers and articles, as well as op-eds, analyses and other pieces in popular media. The intern’s work will feed into an ambitious 12-month expansion plan and will be carried out remotely. For more details and information on how to apply, please visit our INTERNSHIPS page.




The positions are unpaid. There are several posts available and recruitment will be open until filled.

INESAD News: Welcome Garance Marcotte

As part of continuous growth, INESAD and Development Roast are bringing on board a host of new interns. Join us in welcoming our newest addition Garance Marcotte:

Garance is a recent graduate from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella where she obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations. Her fields of interest are sustainable development, renewable energies and human rights in Latin America.

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