Investment in social development and efficient institutions, keys to better security

September 13, 2019
The IDB confirmed its commitment to work with Latin American and Caribbean countries on innovations that can contribute to prevention and crime reduction The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), during the Citizen Security Week 2019 that wrapped up yesterday, emphasized that to improve long-term citizen security, it is necessary to have  greater investment in social development and more effective, efficient and transparent institutions.

Citizen Security Week will address the future of citizen security and justice

September 03, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will discuss what digital innovations can contribute to the fight against crime and citizen security The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will hold the Eleventh Citizen Security Week, at the Headquarters of the IDB in Washington, DC from September 9-13, 2019.

IDB and SmartFilms® Cell-Phone Film Festival Launch Citizen-Security Category

June 17, 2019
Contest seeks short films on crime prevention and citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean by young people and professionals  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the SmartFilms® Film Festival today launched a new citizen-security contest category and is calling for submissions on the theme “I am not afraid to enjoy my city.”

IDB highlights strengths of Central America in the face of external economic challenges

April 03, 2019
Two new studies on the region examine the current economic landscape and the work that the IDB Group has carried out over the last year. The economy of Central America and the Dominican Republic has continued to grow over the past year, although at significantly different rates depending on the country. For 2018, growth is estimated at 3.8 percent, a level similar to that of 2017, thanks to a robust economic performance by the region´s main trading partner, the United States.

Eric Parrado appointed as new chief economist for the IDB

January 23, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that starting March 1 Eric Parrado Herrera will take over as the new chief economist and general manager of the IDB’s Research Department. A Chilean national, Parrado is Professor of Economics and Finance at the ESE Business School of Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, and visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the Central European University. 

Latin American and Caribbean exports rise but at a slower rate

January 10, 2019
Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean hit their highest level in six years thanks to a 9.9 percent increase in 2018, albeit amid growing downside risks in the future, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank. The region exported $1.08 trillion last year. While this is the highest level since record exports in 2012, the rise fell short of the 12.2 percent growth rate for 2017. The region’s performance also lagged a worldwide trade increase of 11.6 percent for the Jan-Sept period (compared to the same period the previous year).

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