IDB finances innovative early childhood development program in Brazil for the base of the pyramid

January 19, 2012
As many as 224,000 low-income pre-school children expected to benefit from educational materials and training provided by PUPA Pupa Empreendimentos Educacionais e Representacao Ltda, a new social business launched by Brazil’s Zoom Editora, will use a $3 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to roll out an innovative early childhood development program that will benefit as many as 224,000 low-income pre-school children in Brazil.

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 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.

Sao Paulo’s low income food-services microentrepreneurs to increase their access to credit

December 06, 2010
The Inter-American Development Bank approved a $10 million loan to help major wholesale distributor Tenda Atacado, Ltda. enhance its credit program for low income microentrepreneurs in the food services sector in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Immigrants sent 3.7 billion euros from Spain to Latin America in 2006, says IDB fund

June 05, 2007
MADRID – Latin American immigrants sent some 3.7 billion euros (about $5 billion) from Spain to their countries of origin during 2006, according to estimates released today by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). Should current demographic and economic trends persist, by 2010 remittances from Spain to Latin America could reach 5 billion euros a year (approximately $7 billion), MIF Manager Donald F. Terry said at a news conference held here.

IDB fund to invest in groundbreaking microinsurance venture

December 11, 2006
The Inter-American Development Bank today announced its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) will invest $3 million in ParaLife, a new micro-insurance venture established to provide life insurance to people with disabilities, low-income families and microentrepreneurs in Latin America. The micro-insurance project reflects the principles of the IDB’s Opportunities for the Majority initiative, which seeks to expand low-income people’s access to wealth-building tools and services such as microcredit, housing, job-training and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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.

IDB launches initiative to generate economic opportunities for majority in Latin America and the Caribbean

June 06, 2006
Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno today unveiled an initiative aimed at generating economic opportunities for low-income people in Latin America and the Caribbean, who make up a majority of the region’s population. In a briefing held at the IDB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and transmitted to field offices across the region, Moreno explained that the Building Opportunities for the Majority initiative will seek innovative solutions to help low-income people develop their economic potential and accumulate assets.

IDB to present new development initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean

June 01, 2006
Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, June 6 to present a new initiative to promote economic opportunities for the low-income majority of Latin America and the Caribbean, a region where poverty and inequality levels have hardly changed over the past five decades.

IDB to launch initiative for broad-based growth in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 31, 2006
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – The Inter-American Development Bank will launch an initiative to promote broad-based economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on the region’s low-income population, a vast majority historically sidelined from progress. At the opening of the seminar on innovative ways to provide high-quality and affordable goods and services to the region’s majority, IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno today said: “If there is an issue in which we want to put a lot of energy, this is it.”