Improving lives

Improving Lives

Learning across

Online education holds immense potential in the Caribbean, where distance and limited resources can restrict students’ progress. What is needed for this tool to take off?


Math education

The students of Latin America rank near the bottom of the list in math performance. Ethnomathematics may be part of the solution.

Affordable housing

With the support of the IDB’s private-sector arm, one Mexican company is helping families invest in property that reduces emissions as it appreciates.


Portada chicas

There are effective, low-cost solutions to help prevent and address violence against women. Behavioral science is behind them.



Sprouting the seeds

Increasing investment in R&D is making Uruguay fertile ground for biotechnology startups. Esteban Guerra’s story is proof.

Women and the future of work

In the years to come, two major technological trends will drastically transform the way we work: automation and intermediation platforms. And women, in general, will be impacted more than men in the face of both changes.

I am a teacher

More than one million students have now passed through our virtual classrooms – including teachers themselves. Here is how they’ve used our free, online courses, or MOOCs, to help spread the knowledge.

Four Andean

From the (literally) groundbreaking new metro in Quito to advanced mining-safety technology in Peru, the Andean region is becoming a new yardstick for development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Los creditos pueden cambiar vidas

Loans can be the catalyst for more women to start businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean. Two artisan-entrepreneurs from rural Mexico share their stories.