Crime exacts steep social, public and private costs in Latin America and Caribbean: IDB study

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 03:00
Annual costs of crime and violence estimated at $261 billion for region; impacts vary among and within countries Violence and crime impacts much higher than for developed nations Report calculates foregone income of murder victims, imprisoned individuals A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at $261 bill

Better governance and greater integration to determine fate of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 03:00
New Atlantic Council report commissioned by IDB offers contrasting scenarios for crime, democracy, trade and economic growth The Atlantic Council today released "Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios," a report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that looks at how the region's countries could evolve over the next 14 years, underscoring how more integration and better governance hold the key to greater prosperity.

IDB and government of Argentina launch Security Week to discuss crime and violence in Latin America and Caribbean

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 03:00
· Almost 135.000 victims of murder in the region last year; cost of crime estimated at $120 billion · Studies on violence in cities, police communications to be unveiled The Inter-American Development Bank and the Ministry of Security of Argentina today launched the 8th Annual Security Week, aiming to promote more dialogue and knowledge exchange on crime and violence, with a focus on transparency and on police reforms.

IDB and OAS urge Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen cybersecurity

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 03:00
Report shows the region has “potentially devastating” vulnerabilities Four out of five countries lack a cybersecurity strategy Leaders of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) today called on the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to step up their efforts on cybersecurity following the release of a new study, carried out by the two institutions with the support of Oxford University.

IDB approves a $300 million line of credit to help Ecuador maintain its social spending in case of economic shocks

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced the approval of a stand-by line of credit for up to $300 million to help Ecuador protect its social spending from potential external economic shocks. The stand-by credit line, which will be in place for three years, will allow the government of Ecuador to temporarily sustain its levels of spending in programs to reduce poverty should exogenous events limit its revenues.

Ecuador province to boost agricultural productivity with IDB support

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 16:35
Investment program in irrigation and rural roads for an impoverished indigenous region  Ecuador will receive a $15 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for an investment program to increase agricultural productivity and improve market access for rural families in one of its poorest provinces. 

Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 03:00
Even with more education than men, women are still concentrated in lower-paid occupations such as teaching, health care or the service sector. When comparing men and women of the same age and educational level, men earn 17 percent more than women in Latin America.

Civic culture is key to reduce violence, study finds

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 03:00
IDB-sponsored study explores how changes in civic culture are needed to achieve long-term success in mitigating violence Any successful strategy to prevent violence should include measures to recognize and change behaviors prompted by beliefs, emotions and cultural factors, according to a new study sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

IDB, ALAS Foundation announce winners of early childhood development awards

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 03:00
A Mexican teacher, an illustrated book about a girl with autism, a center for children with HIV/ AIDS and a Brazilian NGO dedicated to improving the health of children from poor families won awards from the Inter-American Development Bank and the ALAS Foundation for their outstanding contributions to early childhood development.

Ecuador expands access to microcredit with IDB support

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 03:00
Loan for $50 million will benefit up to 25,000 microentrepreneurs, particularly women Ecuador will expand access to microcredit, particularly among low-income women, through a $50 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) aimed at increasing employment opportunities and reducing poverty.