Colombia leads the 2019 Global Financial Inclusion Microscope for the 2nd consecutive year

October 31, 2019
Dominican Republic – Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico lead the ranking of the Global Microscope on the environment for financial inclusion, an index that focuses on regulation, political strategies, and infrastructure to address this issue. In these four countries, financial inclusion is a priority and incorporates digital approaches. While Colombia and Mexico lead public policy and consumer protection categories, Uruguay and Peru stand out in stability and financial integrity.

Millennials have potential that Latin America and Caribbean must not squander, says study

November 22, 2018
Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean have weak cognitive skills but their socio-emotional abilities are strong, according to the study “Millennials in Latin America and the Caribbean: to work or to study?” The report, which is the result of research drawing on more than 15,000 people in nine countries, also found a high level of optimism and aspiration in this new generation of workers. Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean have great potential but it could end u

Brazil promotes productivity of micro, small and medium-size enterprises with IDB support

November 22, 2018
IDB APPROVES $750 MILLION CREDIT TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO FINANCING FOR MORE THAN 4,900 MSME IN BRAZIL THROUGH A NEW BNDES DIGITAL CHANNEL. The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $750 million line of credit aimed at boosting the productivity of more than 4,900 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in Brazil. They will be able to access new credit sources through digital channels, thus contributing to economic growth and job creation.

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

August 29, 2018
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).

IDB report underscores social benefits of sports for development but warns against program design flaws

May 25, 2018
Latin American and Caribbean region lags in sports spending, activity levels Latin American and Caribbean region could get a development boost from sports activities that improve the region’s social and health benefits, provided the programs are properly designed and monitored, according to a report by the Inter-American Development Bank.

Italy to contribute to IDB Transparency Fund

January 24, 2018
Italy is joining Norway, Canada and MasterCard as a partner and contributor to the Inter-American Development Bank’s Transparency Fund , a vital tool to help countries strengthen their anti-corruption and pro-transparency reforms. The government of Italy has donated €1 million. 

The trade slowdown in Latin America and the Caribbean is more intense than in the rest of the world

November 17, 2016
South American and Caribbean countries were the most affected. Following two years in a downward trajectory, the value of Latin American exports fell 14.8 percent in 2015, and 8.5 percent in the first seven months of 2016, according to the Trade and Integration Monitor 2016 of the Inter-American Development Bank.

The IDB recognizes five municipal governments in the Gobernarte Contest and pays tribute to Eduardo Campos

April 22, 2016
The winners were chosen for their innovative initiatives The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) selected the cities of Fortaleza and San Bernardo del Campo in Brazil, Antigua Guatemala in Guatemala, Guayaquil in Ecuador, and Baruta in Venezuela as the winners of “Gobernarte 2015: Eduardo Campos Award” in a ceremony held on April 19.

US Treasury recognizes IDB project using performing arts to train at-risk youth in Rio de Janeiro

July 23, 2014
Multilateral Investment Fund’s “Galpão Aplauso” partnership readies young Brazilians for workforce An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project in Brazil that uses a performing arts program as an avenue to employment for at risk youth was recognized for its development impact by the U.S. Treasury at an awards ceremony today.

IDB approves $60 million to help 40,000 youth in slums in Rio de Janeiro State cleared of drug-trafficking gangs

September 04, 2012
Goal is to reduce early pregnancies and truancy and to prepare young people for the labor market  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan to support a Rio de Janeiro State program to integrate into society 40,000 young people who live in favelas cleared of drug-trafficking gangs.