Cities are home to nearly eight out of every 10 people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rapid urbanization has created economic opportunities for millions of people, but it is also straining governments’ ability to provide basic services, guarantee quality of life, generate jobs and protect the environment.
The IDB helps member countries to build emerging sustainable cities through loans and technical assistance to strengthen their capacities for urban planning and regulation, invest in the rehabilitating of downtown areas and historical centers for heritage conservation, and in housing and neighborhood upgrading that improves infrastructure and urban services. The Bank also finances a variety of projects to expand urban transportation, promote local economic development, provide housing for low-income households, and create green spaces and parks.
In all its urban development programs, the Bank puts special emphasis on expanding local government’s institutional capacity by enhancing their fiscal, financial and planning systems.
Areas of action
By the numbers
of urban population in developing countries lives in slums (UN-HABITAT, 2003b).
In the Colombian town of Apartadó, women are shaping a new beginning after years of violence. Mar 3, 2014
Experts meet to discuss how to make Latin America´s cities sustainable. Feb 20, 2014
- Peru. Restoration of Historical Downtown of Lima.
- Brazil. PROCIDADES - Londrina.
- Brazil. Sanitation for Nova Estrada Watershed II - PROMABEN II.
- Mexico. Visit from BANOBRAS to FINDETER en Colombia. Dec 18, 2013
- Brazil. Integrated Prog for Social Inclusion and Urban Requalification: Fam Paranaense. Dec 16, 2013
- Haiti. Sustainable Mobility Plan & Preinvestment projects for Haiti's Northern Corridor. Dec 12, 2013
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