Government spending waste costs Latin America and Caribbean 4.4% of GDP: IDB study

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 15:05
Inefficiencies and fraud in procurement, civil service and targeted transfers could be as large as $220 billion a year Report includes policy recommendations to improve spending in healthcare, education, infrastructure and public safety

Challenges and opportunities for creative entrepreneurs revealed in IDB study

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 09:21
Launching an Orange Future analyzes the situation of creative and cultural entrepreneurs in the region Around 70% of creative entrepreneurships fail because of bad financial planning, lack of understanding of the market and poor cash flow, according Launching an Orange Future, the new e-book released by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in collaboration with the Failure Institute.

IDB launches report detailing steps to help avoid social conflicts

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 16:02
A new report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) identifies ten key elements that can help projects improve their sustainability and reduce potential social conflicts, from proper community engagement and legal foundations to adequate monitoring of results.

Barranquilla, Colombia to host Foromic 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 17:39
The Colombian city of Barranquilla will host the leading event on financial inclusion and business development trends in Latin America and the Caribbean The IDB Group, through its innovation lab MIF, will hold the 21st edition of Foromic, the most important annual event on financial inclusion and business development in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Artificial intelligence to boost Latin American and Caribbean economies: IDB study

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:43
Study also urges governments to anticipate consequences of artificial intelligence in labor markets BUENOS AIRES – Artificial intelligence can facilitate trade negotiations and add one additional percentage point of growth to Latin American and the Caribbean economies, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Suriname to improve health services’ delivery with IDB support

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 10:45
$20 million loan will help Suriname’s health sector to deal with challenges posed by non-communicable and communicable diseases The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today approved a $20 million loan which will improve access to high-quality, well-integrated primary care services as well as enhance the effectiveness of Suriname’s health sector to address priority epidemiological challenges throughout the country.

Green infrastructure for Latin America and the Caribbean: rich in water, yet thirsty

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 15:54
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is coordinating the Latin America and the Caribbean sessions during World Water Week in Sweden’s capital, with a focus on the need to adopt nature-based solutions to address the current and future demand for water resources in the region. STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Latin America and the Caribbean needs to progress towards a wiser combination of green and traditional infrastructure to satisfy the water needs of the 21st century.

IDB to join new Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to facilitate $1bn of investments

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:23
Backed by 26 Caribbean governments and the private sector, the Accelerator will fast-track investments which support climate action and economic growth    The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that it will partner with the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to program and implement the additional $1 billion in funds that it pledged for climate smart-investments across the Caribbean region at the Paris One Planet summit on December 12, 2017.

IDB launches study to help governments improve national statistics

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 16:05
New IDB study presents recommendations to strengthen statistical capacity, based on the experiences of 10 countries in Latin America Statistics are an essential input for decision making and the design of good public policies. For that reason, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean should invest in the strengthening of their National Statistics Offices (NSO), according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Digitization of transactional public services would reduce red tape and corruption, save money in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:47
New IDB report recommends focusing on citizen experience interacting with government, investing in online services to benefit citizens, businesses and public sector institutions Digital transactional public services (“transactions”) take 74% less time than face-to-face transactions, cost much less and reduce corruption; nevertheless, in Latin America and the Caribbean there is still little investment to offer transactions online. The result? Citizens, firms and public institutions lose time, money and productivity.