Costa Rica to improve roads and ease traffic flow with IDB support

September 26, 2019
A line of credit of $350 million will finance investments in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica so as to improve urban transport  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will offer Costa Rica a long-term line of financing for investment in sustainable projects to improve and expand parts of its Strategic Road Network, specifically to enhance development and the flow of traffic in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). 

Optimal sanitation: Focus on the Americas at World Water Week 2019

August 26, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank is coordinating the Focus on the Americas sessions during World Water Week in Sweden’s capital, with a focus on adopting a new paradigm to close the gap in secure sanitation services in the region. STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Providing safe sanitation for all in Latin America requires not only significant investments, but a change of paradigm to be able to do more with less resources. Right now, only 22% to the population of Latin America and the Caribbean have access to those services.

IDB-FEMSA Award to innovation on water & sanitation opens call for 2019

June 12, 2019
The IDB-FEMSA Awards to innovation on water and sanitation are reaching their tenth anniversary in 2019 and will be celebrating the occasion with a special edition that calls on those who have innovative solutions to compete for a special prize.   First, second, and third place winners of the IDB-FEMSA Awards will receive $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 in cash, respectively. This year will also feature a special category called “All stars,” where prior editions finalists will compete for a one-time cash prize of $15,000.

Quality expenditure and digitalization, priorities for Central America, Dominican Republic

February 15, 2019
The IDB brings regional Governors to its Washington, D.C. headquarters to consider policy options to speed up growth and reduce poverty The Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB), Central American Isthmus and the Dominican Republic held their 33rd Annual Meeting to discuss options to achieve higher growth rates and foster productive activities in the years to come. The region grew 3.8 percent in 2018, way above the 1.1 percent average for Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole. In addition, it is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2019.

IDB and partners launch platform to fight food loss and waste

October 16, 2018
#SinDesperdicio will focus on four areas of activity: innovation, public policies, knowledge, and behavior, leveraging the efforts of the private sector, civil society and governments in the region Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) loses or wastes more than 127 million tons of food a year—an annual average of 223 kilos per person in a region where nearly 42 million people suffer from acute undernutrition (hunger).

Government spending waste costs Latin America and Caribbean 4.4% of GDP: IDB study

September 24, 2018
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

Pilot program uses blockchain to improve youth employment in Costa Rica

September 20, 2018
The Innovation Lab of the IDB Group (MIF), the Monge Foundation, and BanQu, a for-purpose blockchain as-a-service company, have joined forces to launch a pilot program aimed at improving Costa Rican youth employment outcomes.  This new pilot seeks to provide Costa Rican youth with secure and immutable records of certificate completion from school, internships, and employment using blockchain technology.

Green infrastructure for Latin America and the Caribbean: rich in water, yet thirsty

August 27, 2018
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is coordinating the Latin America and the Caribbean sessions during World Water Week in Sweden’s capital, with a focus on the need to adopt nature-based solutions to address the current and future demand for water resources in the region. STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Latin America and the Caribbean needs to progress towards a wiser combination of green and traditional infrastructure to satisfy the water needs of the 21st century.

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.

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

December 11, 2017
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.