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

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 15:14
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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 16:01
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

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:13
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).

Argentina seeks to increase youth employment and reduce gender gap through sports

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 14:39
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has joined forces with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to launch an initiative that will benefit more than 4,000 young people through sports in Argentina. The project, which will be financed by US$1.5 million commitments from the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the IOC, was formally announced in Buenos Aires, Argentina as IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno and IOC President Thomas Bach signed a Letter of Intent.  

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

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 15:05
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

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 17:39
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.

Argentina promotes economic growth with IDB support

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 11:21
The $300 million loan is the first operation of a $2.5 billion package of fast disbursement projects over the next 12 months Argentina will modernize the institutional frameworks for taxation and policy-making, aiming to strengthen private and public investment that promote economic growth, with a $300 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Who are the region’s high-growth women entrepreneurs and what motivates them?

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 03:00
A new study analyzes their characteristics and challenges The new study “WEGrow: Unlocking the Growth Potential of Women Entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean,” finds that these entrepreneurs are opportunity-driven rather than necessity-driven, and that they mention economic independence, passion and creating jobs as their main reasons for launching their business ventures.

IDB finances expansion of basic services coverage in disadvantaged areas of Argentina

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 03:00
Investments will focus on the Norte Grande region, where people have less access to services than those in the rest of the country The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $250 million loan for a program to increase coverage of basic services in Argentina’s less developed municipalities, with emphasis on the poorest areas of the Norte Grande region.

IDB awards prizes to social innovation projects for inclusion of persons with disabilities

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 19:54
Proposals from Chile, Colombia and Ecuador selected through crowdsourcing and expert evaluations The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the winners of three competitions organized by its Innovation Lab (I-LAB) for social innovation projects designed to promote the economic inclusion of persons with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.