Cafe Musicast: a review of a podcast

Apr 15, 2019 Hobbies
Cafe Musicast: a review of a podcast
While the podcaster culture in Colombia is still not popular, in LatinAmerican Post we reviewed a new series created by two old music-lovers friends

Leidy Ramírez and her great goal: the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Apr 12, 2019 Sports
Leidy Ramírez and her great goal: the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
After winning a bronze medal in the World Cup of Paracycling in the Netherlands, the Colombian special condition athlete focuses on new goals

Adriana Cuellar: the Colombian artist you should know

Apr 11, 2019 Art
Adriana Cuellar: the Colombian artist you should know
Adriana Cuellar told us about her exhibition In Your Silence lives in mine which can be visited until next May 9 in the gallery SN maCarena in Bogotá

The objections against JEP were rejected

Apr 09, 2019 Latam
The objections against JEP were rejected
After the vote in the House of Representatives, the objections of Ivan Duque prepare for the next vote in the Senate

7 Latin American destinations not to be missed for Holy Week (Part 2)

Apr 05, 2019 Travel
7 Latin American destinations not to be missed for Holy Week (Part 2)
As promised, here we bring you four other destinations that you can visit this Holy Week

Formula 2: historic day for debuts

Mar 31, 2019 Sports
Formula 2: historic day for debuts
Not only two sons of motor racing legends debuted, but also the first woman to run the competition

Colombia could lose 17,000 hectares of beach by 2040

Mar 29, 2019 Environment
Colombia could lose 17,000 hectares of beach by 2040
Climate change will bring irremediable effects to the coastal area of Colombia during the next four decades, having a definite impact on the coastline

Macbeth returns to the Teatro Colón de Bogotá

Mar 29, 2019 Art
Macbeth returns to the Teatro Colón de Bogotá
We went to the first performance of Macbeth on its return to the Teatro Colón in Bogotá

Lauval, Colombian bags around the world

Mar 29, 2019 Fashion
Lauval, Colombian bags around the world
In less than a year of creation, this Colombian brand of bags is moving forward to be around the world

Are Colombia and Argentina prepared to host the Copa América?

Mar 28, 2019 Sports
Are Colombia and Argentina prepared to host the Copa América?
The two South American countries will most likely host the first binational Copa America, which is committed to getting Latin American soccer closer to its fans

Data has changed they way we live and the way we understand our past and future

Data availability in Latin America

Computers changed the world in unprecedented ways, starting with industrial processes and ending with the automatization of the economic system. Computers, indeed, do not work by themselves, they need data. Hence, data is the crucial element to understand not only computers but to capture small pieces of reality. For many people, the XXI century has become the era of data.

Moreover, data has offered outstanding solutions amid global financial system. To define what the term data means would be very ambitious; nonetheless, the term data simply means everything, from a regular demographic census to economical rates and even customer’s purchase preferences. Therefore, as the world enters the digital era, the concept of data can refer to any information that helps us track and conceptualize specific scenarios.  In other words, data is crucial for three things. The first deals with recording events, the second with the ability to store and transform that into knowledge and finally it is a critical element in forecasting trends and outlooks.

In general, data has helped societies to understand their past and make decisions for their future. Since data comprehends several steps of the political decision-making processes as well as those in academia and economy, data has inevitably become a source of power. Either political, social or ideological, data has influenced human history.

In the Latin American region data has not signified a big deal in regional political disagreements. Perhaps, this is because there is a data scarcity. There are multiple hypotheses about why the region has a lack of data. For instance, aside from INEGI in Mexico and IBGE in Brazil economic data, demographics census, social indexes, and other quantitative measures are quite hard to access in the rest of the countries. Foreign Business intelligence units have some access to specific data, but if Latin America wants to achieve developments in democracy and political economy, it is essential that data becomes a priority.

Accessibility is not the only concern, in fact, it is necessary to study it, analyze it and bring practical questions to the regional agenda. There are several research centers and civil society organizations that have attempted to take data seriously. For instance, in Mexico, ETHOS, COMEXI and the IMCO have had outstanding results in using data to promote solutions and to thrive alongside other public and private spheres. In Brazil, the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the CEPS, as well as the Liberty Institute, have boosted advocacy to fight inequality and corruption.

Despite the cases mentioned in Brazil and Mexico, the issue is also when studying smaller countries or cities within countries. The most common challenges have a connection with how local governments work in Latin America. Unemployment and poverty are usual topics in presidential debates. Nonetheless, if one aims to look at unemployment in small cities and rural zones, the information becomes either hard to access or does not even exist. National governments tend to provide significant numbers about poverty reduction, but those numbers seem dim when there is the attempt to study small towns.

For instance, having reliable data of the people who have access to a formal job in small cities in Honduras or Bolivia has been a challenge for international organizations. Even the United Nations Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean does not posses a complete picture of the primary economic parameters in most countries. What seems relevant to stress is that policy-makers and other actors who attempt to reduce poverty, unemployment, and inequality in the region first must solve local data unavailability before even thinking about addressing more significant socioeconomic issues. Overall, data is at the core of policy-making processes that are fundamental to overcome Latin American most significant concerns.

 

Latin American Post | Alberto Ugarte

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