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

Barranquilla, Colombia to host Foromic 2018

August 30, 2018
The Colombian city of Barranquilla will host the leading event on financial inclusion and business development trends in Latin America and the Caribbean The IDB Group, through its innovation lab MIF, will hold the 21st edition of Foromic, the most important annual event on financial inclusion and business development in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

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.

Brazil’s Santa Catarina State will improve productivity and reliability of electricity supply with IDB support

November 23, 2017
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a multiple-works investment loan in the amount of US$276.05 million to Centrais Elétricas de Santa Catarina–Distribuição S.A. (CELESC-D), the electric power distribution utility serving Brazil’s state of Santa Catarina. The program’s overall objective is to help boost productivity throughout the state of Santa Catarina by providing a higher quality and more reliable supply of electric power.

Argentina and Chile get $280 million in IDB loans for first stage of the Agua Negra international tunnel

October 18, 2017
A $130 million loan for Argentina and a $150 million loan for Chile, expandable to a total $1.5 billion, will help both countries begin construction of new cross-border tunnel The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved two loans totaling $280 million –$130 million for Argentina and $150 million for Chile– to help start the construction of the Agua Negra tunnel connecting the two neighboring nations.

The IDB and Miami Dade College select eighteen startups from Latin America, the Caribbean and South Florida to participate in Demand Solutions Miami 2017

August 21, 2017
Miami Dade College (MDC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will host Demand Solutions Miami on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami. Eighteen startups in design, fashion, gastronomy, music and multimedia have been selected to participate in a one-of-a-kind conference that will highlight innovation and entrepreneurship that improves lives.

IIC finances Aela Energía wind projects in Chile

August 14, 2017
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, closed a $135 million project finance loan to Aela Energía for the construction, operation and maintenance of three wind projects located in the Atacama, Los Lagos and Bio-Bio regions of Chile.

IIC promotes energy-efficient street lighting in Chilean municipalities

May 16, 2017
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has signed a financing package of US$18.5 million with Itelecom to upgrade public roadway lighting systems to high efficiency LED technology in eight municipalities in Chile.

Argentina and Chile will begin to develop Agua Negra Tunnel with support from IDB

December 12, 2016
A loan of $40 million will allow the two countries to structure the project and finance the final designs of this cross-border tunnel The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $40 million loan that will allow for bidding to begin for the Agua Negra tunnel, which will connect San Juan province in Argentina with that of Coquimbo in Chile.

Chile to implement sustainable energy project with IDB support

November 30, 2016
Plan will develop energy policy that encourages competition, energy efficiency, use of renewable sourcesand regional integration The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $100 million loan to finance a program that will boost energy sustainability in Chile through a reform process that addresses technical, economic, social and environmental issues in the sector and takes into account national and regional needs and interests.