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Improving Lives

What we take for granted

Essential energy, water and sanitation and transportation services are everyday necessities of consumers: their quality of life depends on their accessibility and affordability. These stories tell us how it can be done.

The historic center of Paramaribo regains its splendor

The historical center of Paramaribo is getting a makeover after falling on hard times. The renovation is spurring local business and a local festival to help recover the luster of this unique architectural treasure. 

Connected during the Pandemic with Internet Para Todos

A year ago, the ambitious Internet para Todos project arrived in the small Andean town of Moya. No one could imagine that this initiative would allow local residents to weather a pandemic that has changed their daily lives and livelihoods.

Caring for people: an opportunity for economic growth

An aging population presents the challenge of providing quality care to a growing number of elderly. But it also brings an economic opportunity that can benefit those who need it most.


The pandemic dashed the wanderlust of millions of travelers, causing one of the worst crises in the annals of the tourism sector, a key economic driver for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. What can be done to restart it?


The digitization of invoices in Brazil has contributed to greater transparency, efficiency and tax collection, benefiting the government, companies and citizens.

Lasting light for rural communities in Suriname

Over 100 isolated communities in Surinam had only intermittent electricity, mostly from polluting generators. An IDB-financed electrification program brought 24-hour access to energy and light, transforming their quality of life.

The Neediest and the Hardest to Reach: Informal Workers Face the Pandemic

For the millions living day to day across the region, the coronavirus presents an especially bleak reality. What policies can help carry them through the crisis?

Stories of Progress to Steel a Region for the Future

The pandemic is an unprecedented test for Latin America and the Caribbean. And yet, its people are accustomed to fighting for progress in the face of daunting odds. Discover the achievements we’ve supported in recent years and the hope they can offer for tomorrow.