IDB fuels impact investing in Latin America

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 03:00
More than $110 million of impact investing resources were mobilized by the IDB over the past 18 months to finance profitable projects that bring about social change Despite stellar economic performance in recent years, Latin America and the Caribbean still have a long way to go to address pressing development needs, such as reducing poverty, improving educational outcomes and enhancing access to reliable health services.

IDB to help finance student loans in six Latin American countries

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 03:00
IDB loan to Higher Education Finance Fund will pave the way for increased student loans in Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help expand the access to higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing a $10 million loan to the Higher Education Finance Fund, L.P. (HEFF), a regional debt fund that seeks to offer student loans through local microfinance organizations.

IDB, Covelo Foundation to foster renewable energy use in Central America

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 03:00
As many as 6,000 low-income families in isolated rural areas in Honduras, El Salvador and Belize to get access to solar energy The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will provide a loan of up to $3 million for Fundación José María Covelo to establish credit lines that will enable as many as 6,000 Central American families in isolated rural communities with no access to the electricity grid to buy solar power systems.

Small Bolivian sesame farmers to boost output and income with IDB support

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 03:00
$2.1 million loan will help fund expansion of one of Bolivia’s biggest sesame seed exporters to benefit 2,200 small farmers in Santa Cruz region The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $2.1 million loan to finance the expansion of Alimentos Naturales LATCO International S.A., one of Bolivia ’s largest sesame seed exporters, a project that is expected to benefit 2,200 small sesame farmers in the Santa Cruz region.

IDB closes $3.6 million syndicated loan to provide access to finance for smallholder farmers

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 03:00
As many as 10,000 small farmers in nine countries to benefit from IDB loan to FOPEPRO The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has closed a $3.6 million loan to provide access to finance for smallholder producer groups and farmers associations in nine Latin American countries through a loan to the “Fund for Small Rural Producers in Latin America” or “Fondo para los Pequeños Productores Rurales en América Latina (FOPEPRO)."

IDB releases its 2010 Development Effectiveness Report

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 03:00
Report evaluates Bank’s efforts in measuring its development impact in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has made strides to boost transparency, accountability and enhance the development impact of its investments in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the new edition of the IDB’s 2010 Development Effectiveness Overview.

Chilean bank expands financing for microenterprise with IDB assistance

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $10 million credit guarantee to help up to 80,000 small entrepreneurs get access to loans under an innovative program provided by Chile’s Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (BCI).<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />  

Venture capital for low-income markets

Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 03:00
Investing in housing, healthcare, education, basic utilities and nutrition can not only fulfill a social mission, but it can also be a profitable business venture. This is the concept of IGNIA Fund, which will channel venture capital resources to fund commercially viable growth companies serving the “base of the pyramid,” those persons in Latin America and the Caribbean earning less than $3,260 a year. The IGNIA Fund selects projects with the potential to be expanded on a larger scale, thereby increasing the social and economic impact.

Latin America needs microeconomic reforms to expand its middle class, Bill Clinton says

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 03:00
Latin America should carry out microeconomic reforms to clear the path for more poor people to join the middle class, instead of locking itself in a debate over fiscal discipline and social spending, former U.S. president Bill Clinton said today. In a public dialogue with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, Clinton also commented on current issues such as immigration, alternative energy sources, climate change and the fight against AIDS.

“Dead capital” in 12 Latin American countries worth $1.2 trillion, according to report

Monday, June 12, 2006 - 03:00
Dwellings, rural properties and businesses in the informal or “extralegal” sector of 12 Latin American countries are worth more than $1.2 trillion, according to a report presented today at a conference at the Inter-American Development Bank. IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno said the study on informality in Latin America and the Caribbean, together with other research on poverty conducted or sponsored by the Bank, will help guide a new development initiative, Building Opportunity for the Majority.