Women Forge a Future for Apartadó

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 03:00
In the Colombian town of Apartadó, women are shaping a new beginning after years of violence Bullets, poverty, and unemployment have taken a big toll on many locations in Colombia.  Take Apartadó, for example—a 167,000 people municipality in northwestern Colombia ravaged by a fierce, decades-old guerrilla war that has forced a large portion of its population to leave. Fully 60 percent of those who have chosen to stay barely scrape a living below the poverty line. 

Government Services at Your Fingertips in Chile

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 03:00
Chile has long had one of the highest Internet penetration levels of all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The question has been how to turn this into a tool to support the country’s economic and social development. The answer came when Chile, as part of an ambitious ongoing digital development strategy, decided in 2004 to revamp its e-government platform and expand its range of public services over the Internet for citizens and businesses.

Young people with big ideas that transform society

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 03:00
Participate and follow us on Twitter using @bidjuventud How does one solve old problems? With new ideas PANAMA CITY – We must listen to the voices of young people, with their fresh ideas and their plans for the future. And especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region with the world’s youngest population, where the average age is only 27.

Banking the Unbanked in Colombia

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
Approximately 35 percent of the Colombian adult population has no access to any formal financial services and are considered “unbanked,” according to the Colombian Banking Association. Some 79 percent of adults have no access to credit cards.

Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 03:00
Even with more education than men, women are still concentrated in lower-paid occupations such as teaching, health care or the service sector. When comparing men and women of the same age and educational level, men earn 17 percent more than women in Latin America.

Civic culture is key to reduce violence, study finds

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 03:00
IDB-sponsored study explores how changes in civic culture are needed to achieve long-term success in mitigating violence Any successful strategy to prevent violence should include measures to recognize and change behaviors prompted by beliefs, emotions and cultural factors, according to a new study sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

IDB ramps up financing for green projects in Latin America and the Caribbean

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 03:00
Participate in Twitter using #IDBmtg Bank approved record $736 million in loans last year for private sector projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is ramping up lending for private sector projects related to renewable energy and energy efficiency to help bridge the gap for long-term financing for green investments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Valparaíso blooms again

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 03:00
Take a walk in Cerro Alegre, a neighborhood overlooking the Chilean port of Valparaíso, and you may briefly think you have been transported to a quaint Mediterranean resort. Narrow cobblestoned streets, stately 19th century houses painted in bright pastels, funky sidewalk cafés and window boxes overflowing with flowers are everywhere—along with sweeping views of the shimmering Pacific Ocean.

Renewable energy to power irrigation in the Atacama desert

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 03:00
With support from the IDB, Subsole will be the first company in Chile’s fruit industry to use solar photovoltaic energy The Atacama desert is the driest place on earth and the region with the highest solar radiation on the planet. That’s where Subsole, one of the Chile’s largest locally owned exporters of table fruits, is planning its future growth, and it will use the power of solar energy and energy efficiency to achieve its goal.

Women entrepreneurs: too often trapped in the microenterprise ghetto

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 03:00
Innovative approaches can boost women’s economic presence among small business owners in Latin America and the Caribbean Over the past three decades, women in Latin America and the Caribbean have dramatically increased their role in the workforce. Currently, about half of women in the region are economically active, more than double the level in the 1970s. They have been elected presidents of several Latin American countries and often dominate the microenterprise and microfinance sector, providing an important contribution to regional economies.