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).

Millennials have potential that Latin America and Caribbean must not squander, says study

Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 15:39
Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean have weak cognitive skills but their socio-emotional abilities are strong, according to the study “Millennials in Latin America and the Caribbean: to work or to study?” The report, which is the result of research drawing on more than 15,000 people in nine countries, also found a high level of optimism and aspiration in this new generation of workers. Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean have great potential but it could end u

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

IDB report underscores social benefits of sports for development but warns against program design flaws

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 09:23
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.

US Treasury recognizes IDB project using performing arts to train at-risk youth in Rio de Janeiro

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 03:00
Multilateral Investment Fund’s “Galpão Aplauso” partnership readies young Brazilians for workforce An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project in Brazil that uses a performing arts program as an avenue to employment for at risk youth was recognized for its development impact by the U.S. Treasury at an awards ceremony today.

IDB approves $60 million to help 40,000 youth in slums in Rio de Janeiro State cleared of drug-trafficking gangs

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 03:00
Goal is to reduce early pregnancies and truancy and to prepare young people for the labor market  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan to support a Rio de Janeiro State program to integrate into society 40,000 young people who live in favelas cleared of drug-trafficking gangs. 

IDB, ALAS Foundation announce winners of early childhood development awards

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 03:00
A Mexican teacher, an illustrated book about a girl with autism, a center for children with HIV/ AIDS and a Brazilian NGO dedicated to improving the health of children from poor families won awards from the Inter-American Development Bank and the ALAS Foundation for their outstanding contributions to early childhood development.

IDB selects 14 youth leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean to attend its annual meeting in Montevideo

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has selected 14 young people who have distinguished themselves as agents of change in their communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in the annual meeting of the Boards of Governors IDB/IIC, which will be held March 15–19 in Montevideo.

IDB finances innovative early childhood development program in Brazil for the base of the pyramid

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 03:00
As many as 224,000 low-income pre-school children expected to benefit from educational materials and training provided by PUPA Pupa Empreendimentos Educacionais e Representacao Ltda, a new social business launched by Brazil’s Zoom Editora, will use a $3 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to roll out an innovative early childhood development program that will benefit as many as 224,000 low-income pre-school children in Brazil.