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 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 to support expansion of CEMEX microfinance program for low-income families

June 28, 2011
More than 750,000 low-income families in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to benefit from the project Patrimonio Hoy, the housing microfinance program of CEMEX, will expand lending to low-income families in Mexico and four other Latin American countries with a partial credit guarantee of up to $10 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). As many as 750,000 families over the next five years are expected to benefit from this project.

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 launches business plan competition for tourism projects in the Caribbean

December 10, 2009
The Inter-American Development Bank will hold a business plan competition for Caribbean tourism projects involving low-income communities in their value chains. The contest, organized by the IDB’s Opportunities for the Majority Initiative, is open to companies based in the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

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.

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.