IDB to help finance student loans in six Latin American countries

February 01, 2012
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

October 27, 2011
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.

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

July 05, 2011
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

March 23, 2011
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.

IDB to discuss base-of-the-pyramid business models in Latin America and the Caribbean

February 14, 2011
Bank holds workshop in Washington D.C. with high level executives from more than a dozen Latin American companies on offering products and services to low-income populations The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is holding a workshop with several Latin American companies to discuss innovative business models that provide high-quality products and services to low-income populations in the region and improve their quality of life.

Venture capital for low-income markets

February 26, 2009
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.

IDB Group supports Guatemalan bank's expansion into microfinance

December 10, 2008
The Inter-American Development Bank Group will provide up to US$70 million in loans to Banco G&T Continental (G&TC) of Guatemala to support the expansion of credit for microenterprises and small businesses. G&TC, Guatemala’s second largest commercial bank in terms of assets, started a “downscaling” process to serve microentrepreneurs in 2006 with assistance from the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund, a leader in promoting microfinance in Latin America and the Caribbean.

IDB President Moreno sets goals for new development initiative

June 14, 2006
Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno laid down a set of challenges for a new initiative to help low-income people in Latin America and the Caribbean gain more economic opportunities and improve their living standards.

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

June 13, 2006
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

June 12, 2006
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.