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Lights and shadows

By Milagros Belgrano Rawson Editor's Note: Does the IDB’s new information disclosure policy meet its stated goals? One way to answer that question is to see if the new policy...

An opportunity to see how we’re doing

By John Ferriter I’d like to thank Milagros Belgrano Rawson for the research she conducted for her article in this issue of IDBAmérica, and for her...

More growth or less inequality?

Increased investment, low inflation, an improved fiscal situation, decreased unemployment. Latin America and the Caribbean have been hearing plenty of good news the past 18 months. A group of renowned economists analyzed the situation at a seminar hosted by the IDB Research Department to honor IDB President Enrique V. Iglesias, who will retire on September 30. Iglesias himself opened the seminar, which was chaired by IDB Chief Economist Guillermo Calvo, with the participation of Ricardo Hausmann, Michael Mussa, José Antonio Ocampo and John Williamson.

Education and social development through the arts

A performing arts program in the Caribbean takes central stage, making young people aware of social risks, highlighting the need for prevention and the promotion of social development. The program, merging cultural expression with social needs, has been particularly successful in raising awareness about the risks and prevention of HIV infection.

Technology Helped Reducing Inequality Gap

A study realized by scholars at the universities of Chicago, Maryland and the Hoover Institution demonstrated that technology is helping reduce inequality in the world. Bary S. Bercker, Tomas J. Philopson,...

Latin American and Caribbean countries weak on managing natural disaster risks, says report

Despite improvements made over the past two decades, Latin American and Caribbean countries still show low levels of effectiveness in managing risks of natural disasters, according to a report released at a recent international conference. Omar Dario Cardona, a leading expert in natural disasters, presented the report Indicators of Disaster Risk and Risk Management at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction held Jan. 18-22 in Kobe, Japan. In his talk Cardona outlined a new system of risk indicators developed with financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank and the Japan Special Fund.

IDB-sponsored system of risk management indicators to be presented at international conference on natural disasters in Kobe, Japan

An innovative system of risk management indicators sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank will be presented next week at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan. The conference organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction will take place Jan. 18-22. The meeting will seek to encourage countries to take actions on disaster prevention and mitigation to be able to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. One of Latin America’s leading experts on natural disasters, Omar Darío Cardona, will present the system of indicators at a session scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Kobe Portopia Hotel’s Kitano Room. Cardona last year won the U.N. Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction.

Not quite equal under the law

By Charo QuesadaOn paper, Latin America is almost a model of equitable and gender-neutral justice. Nearly all governments in the region have signed and ratified international agreements...

IDB approves $5 million loan to Trinidad and Tobago to develop plan for comprehensive public sector reform

The Inter-American Development Bank announced the approval of a $5 million loan to Trinidad and Tobago to assist the development and implementation of a strategic plan that will result...

IDB hosts seminar on remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank and its Multilateral Investment Fund will host on Monday, November 24 a seminar on remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean,...

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