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Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative

Alternative energy, sustainable agriculture, climate-friendly transportation and climate resilient resource management are just some of the many areas in which the Inter-American Development Bank is leading the way in setting high sustainability standards. These standards are part of the Bank’s commitment of providing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with the best available technologies and practices to ensure economic viability, social equity, and environmental integrity.

The goals of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative are centered around the provision of comprehensive sustainability options in areas related to the energy, transportation, water and environmental sectors as well as building climate resilience in key priority areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The Initiative consists of four strategic pillars:

In 2009 as part of the development and management of the Initiative, the IDB created the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit (ECC). More


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  • 2016 Development Effectiveness Report

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    Date: Dec, 2016

    The Development Effectiveness Report is an annual analysis of the performance, effectiveness, and impact of the projects and activities of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). This 2016 edition once again reports on the development impacts of the projects that the MIF has tested and scaled up throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, using the MIF results framework that was presented to MIF donors in 2013. Since 2014 was the first year that the MIF reported these results, this year's report relies on three years of gathered data to compare results and identify trends and changes. This report also features a retrospective view of MIF II accomplishments from 2007 through 2015, and gives highlights of the MIF portfolio in execution of 418 projects and of its investment and loan portfolio. The report concludes with stories of 10 ongoing projects that fit into the MIF's three new focus areas and that have begun to show results.

  • Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios

    Marczak, Jason;Engelke, Peter;Bohl, David;Saldarriaga Jiménez, Andrea

    Date: Dec, 2016

    Strategic foresight is critical to moving a country or region in the right direction. Leaders nearly everywhere in the world are overwhelmed by the crush of events, focusing their attention on the present rather than the long term. Latin America and the Caribbean is no different. But complacency in thinking and planning for the future can no longer be the status quo. At a moment of profound regional and global transformation, the time is now to seize on policy directions that are most likely to take the region in the right direction. While Latin America and the Caribbean has many challenges, through foresight and strategy it could boost its position in the world -as Asia has done already. This publication makes the case for doing just that. Latin America has made incredible economic and political progress over the past decade. The prolonged commodity boom in the 2000s fueled higher growth rates than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average and generated a dramatic drop in the poverty rate and a huge explosion of the middle class. Today, 288 million, or one in three people, are considered middle class. At the same time, with a few notable exceptions, democratic institutions are stronger, with universal suffrage and regular elections now largely the norm. The key question for the future is whether the region can maintain momentum, particularly with China's slowing growth. The end of the commodity boom exposed underlying structural problems in Latin America and the Caribbean. Fiscal and institutional concerns, as well as other social and economic questions, were laid bare. Not only do the next nearly fifteen years require us to solve lingering issues that remain from the mid-teens, but a new direction must be charted so the region can maximize its inherent advantages and best compete in a rapidly changing world.

  • Country Program Evaluation: Peru 2012-2016

    Valdés Conroy, Héctor;Azuara Herrera, Oliver;Corrales, Maria Elena;González, Ángela;Di Tata, Juan Carlos;Haarsager, Ulrike;Mendieta Umaña, Maria Paula;Molina, Adriana;Palomino, Alejandro;Ramírez, Nadia;Ramirez-Goldin, Ana

    Date: Nov, 2016

    This country program evaluation (CPE) for Peru covers the period 2012-2016, during which the Bank's work was guided by the country strategy with Peru (2012-2016) (document GN-2668). This CPE represents the fourth time the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has conducted an independent evaluation of the Bank's country program with Peru. The previous evaluations covered the periods 1990-2000 (document RE-262), 2002-2006 (document RE-330), and 2007-2011 (document RE-403-2). The evaluation looks at the country strategy with Peru (2012-2016) and the operations active during that span of time, as well as the Bank's nonfinancial support to Peru during the strategy period. Information was gathered from Bank documents, Peruvian government data and documents, and independent analysis and research papers, as well as from interviews with Peruvian government officials, representatives of Peruvian academia, civil society and the private sector, and Bank staff.

  • Vulnerability to Climate Change of Hydroelectric Production Systems in Central America and their Adaptation Options: Executive Summary

    Esquivel, Maricarmen;Grunwaldt, Alfred;Paredes, Juan Roberto;Rodríguez-Flores, Enrique

    Date: Nov, 2016

    Central America is one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change. With more than 50% of the electricity generation depending on existing hydroelectric plants by 2015, the region's energy security is heavily dependent on the amount of hydroelectric energy that can be produced and thus on the water flows available in its rivers. In addition, the region still has a significant untapped potential. Consequently, it is critical to determine the potential impacts of climate change on water flows in current and future hydroelectric plants so as to ensure energy reliability and security. This Executive Summary presents a brief summary of the methodology, developed with the contribution of the relevant institutions in the region, for determining the vulnerability of the hydroelectric systems to climate change and identifying possible adaptation measures.

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