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

Caribbean leaders launch plan to make region a “climate-smart zone,” with IDB support

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 19:00
Paris — The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) announced its support for the newly formed Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, a public-private initiative aimed at funding an $8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit an estimated 3.2 million households in the region.

IDB Group and Civil Society discuss sustainable development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 19:00
More than 500 civil society representatives from 26 nations and international experts share knowledge on innovation from the perspective of future jobs, intelligent cities, the digital economy and social innovation SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia – More than 500 representatives from Latin American and Caribbean Civil Societies organizations met in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with senior Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) officials to discuss ways to put innovation at the service of sustainable development.

IDB promotes Mesoamerica’s transportation, logistics and integration agenda

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 03:00
IDB to finance specialized studies as well as investment and action plans for regional initiatives, with particular emphasis on the Pacific Corridor

IDB Group pledges $750 million for key infrastructure projects in the Northern Triangle

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 18:49
Combined resources from the IDB Group, private investors and the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would finance projects in energy, transportation, water, tourism The Inter-American Development Bank and the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras today announced an initiative to unleash an unprecedented series of infrastructure investments as a complement to funding already being provided under the Plan of the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Northern Triangle.

High crime rates in the Caribbean require new evidence-based policy approaches - IDB study

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 03:00
Violence in the Caribbean is highly concentrated in certain neighborhoods and demographic groups The Caribbean region needs to redirect its anti-crime efforts in favor of more interventions that are evidence-based and targeted at high-risk individuals and geographic areas, with improved monitoring of police and justice systems, a study by the Inter-American Development Bank recommends.

Lowering fiscal and external vulnerability the key to promoting growth in Central America and the Dominican Republic

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 03:00
Regional IDB Governors meet in Washington to analyze economic prospects for 2017 The modest recovery in the United States and continuing favorable financial conditions in 2017 will also represent sources of economic stimulus throughout the year for the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic, which will translate into growth of around 3.9 percent in 2017. Internal financial and monetary reforms should ensure price stability and the health of the banking system.

The Bahamas to improve airport infrastructure with IDB support

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 03:00
A $35 million loan will enhance the connectivity of four airports on the Family Islands The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $35 million loan designed to improve infrastructure at four airports on the Family Islands, as The Bahamas' less developed outer islands are known. The loan will contribute to the archipelago's regional and international integration through upgrades at the airports of Exuma, North Eleuthera, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay.

Jamaica to improve energy efficiency in government facilities, and to promote fuel conservation with better urban traffic management

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will fund a $30 million project to promote electricity conservation in Jamaica by reducing electricity consumption, improving traffic flows in congested road corridors in the Kingston Metropolitan area, and enhancing the capacity of Jamaica’s Ministry of Energy to improve electricity sector planning.

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.