Marcela Meléndez participated in pilot of new podcast lauched by the Department of Economics at Universidad de los Andes. Important issues were covered in conversation with María Inés Agudelo, Marc Hofstetter and Rudolf Hommes under the lead of Mauricio Reina.
After almost a year of team work, the final report of the Public Expenditure Comission was presented to the public. Marcela Meléndez was one of the Expert Commissioners invited by the Colombian government to give policy recommendations.
The question was addressed in ‘Semana En Vivo’ with María Jimena Duzán in conversation between José Antonio Ocampo (Board of the Central Bank); Jorge Humberto Botero (Fasecolda); Ricardo Bonilla (Expert of the Tax Comission); Marcela Meléndez (ECONESTUDIO) and Luis Fernando Mejía (Director of the National Planning Department.
Eleven experts where called by the Ministry of Finance of Colombia, in fullfillment of the law. Their mission is to revise and recommend directions of reform for the optimization of public expenditure. They will be working on this over the next 10 months.
The “Guidelines for the evaluation of social investments”, prepared with the National Association of Entrepreneurs of Colombia (ANDI) and CAF to help those in charge of structuring social invertment projects to monitor and evaluate their efforts, is now publicly available. Companion workshops to these guidelines will be offered during the second semester of 2017 to firms interested.
Our study of public procurement contracts shows where there is space for corruption and what specific reforms could contribute to its mitigation. Razón Pública invited us to present a summary of the lessons from this research.
The book compiling the works of various authors for the Mission of Equity and Social Mobility is now also available in a PDF format. Also, we have adistributed more than 500 copies of the book to public officers thanks to the generosity of both Univesidad de los Andes and the World Bank.
Marcela Meléndez participated this week in "Lunch with Leaders", transmitted life by Periscope (@lasillalider). She was invited to talk with Alvaro Forero about the size and risks associated to infrastructure procurement at the subnational level in Colombia.