Study analyzes challenges faced by Central America as it seeks sustainable development

July 19, 2019
A new publication uses analysis of trade, investment, migration, the financial sector, raw materials, and natural resources to propose policy options The Inter-American Development Bank and the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) of INCAE Business School have presented in San Jose, Costa Rica, a book entitled “The Future of Central America: Challenges for Sustainable Development”,  w

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).

IDB bolsters Barbados’ macroeconomic emergency program

November 06, 2018
THE $100 MILLION LOAN IS INTENDED TO SUPPORT RESTORING BARBADOS’ ECONOMIC STABILITY, PROMOTE GROWTH, AND IMPLEMENT REFORMS Relying upon a $100 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Barbados seeks to regain macroeconomic stability, implement fiscal adjustment measures that foster a sustainable fiscal balance in the short and medium term, and protect social spending programs for the most vulnerable Barbadians.

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

IDB to support BOP families in the Dominican Republic with access to credit for home improvements

February 05, 2015
Loan of up to $5 million has mobilized an additional $5 million through a B-loan syndication The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of up to $5 million to Banco Multiple Ademi, a leading financial institution in the Dominican Republic with 60 percent of the microfinance market share, for on-lending to an estimated 5,000 Base of the Pyramid (BOP) families in need of home improvement financing.

Uruguay’s Microfin to expand access to financial services to microenterprises with IDB support

September 20, 2012
25,000 microentrepreneurs expected to gain access to working capital Microfin will get a partial credit guarantee for 51.4 million Uruguayan pesos from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), paving the way for one of Uruguay’s leading microfinance institutions to expand access to financial services for as many as 25,000 microentrepreneurs who own small stores in periurban areas.

IDB to help finance student loans in six Latin American countries

February 01, 2012
IDB loan to Higher Education Finance Fund will pave the way for increased student loans in Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help expand the access to higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing a $10 million loan to the Higher Education Finance Fund, L.P. (HEFF), a regional debt fund that seeks to offer student loans through local microfinance organizations.

IDB to support expansion of CEMEX microfinance program for low-income families

June 28, 2011
More than 750,000 low-income families in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to benefit from the project Patrimonio Hoy, the housing microfinance program of CEMEX, will expand lending to low-income families in Mexico and four other Latin American countries with a partial credit guarantee of up to $10 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). As many as 750,000 families over the next five years are expected to benefit from this project.