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.

More Than Cash Transfers: Training Jamaica’s Poor for Sustainable Employment

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
Over the past two decades, several Latin American and Caribbean countries have transferred cash to poor families in exchange for meeting certain conditions, such as sending their children to school and visiting doctors regularly. These conditional cash transfers have improved the lives of millions of poor families. Today they are recognized as an effective tool to combat poverty and are used throughout the developing world.

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.

A life beyond crime

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 18:30
A Jamaican citizen security program targets women involved in gangs For Pauline Crooks, quitting the Montego Bay gang that had helped her to put food on the table for six years wasn’t a quick or an easy decision. The single mother of three continued showing up at her “workplace”— where the gangsters ran lottery scams—even after she joined a parenting course offered by the Citizen Security and Justice Program (CSJP), an initiative launched in 2007 by Jamaica’s government to bring down crime in the island’s most violent communities.

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.

Improving the business climate in the Caribbean

Friday, March 25, 2011 - 03:00
Several IDB programs are helping the region diversify its economy and attract new investments The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is financing several programs to improve the business environment, foster diversification and enhance competitiveness in the Caribbean.

Sustainable energy helps reduce costly reliance on fossil fuels in many Caribbean States

Monday, September 27, 2010 - 03:00
By Christina MacCulloch The international economic crisis, has hurt the Caribbean economies, mainly by affecting tourism. This has brought a sense of urgency to the region’s need to rely less on costly imported fossil fuels. The need for more energy efficiency is greater than ever, and so is the potential.

Jamaica has a strong record of basic education improvement programs

Monday, September 27, 2010 - 03:00
By Omar Wahab Jamaica has a strong record of promoting primary education but the country’s education system still struggles to reach higher levels of literacy and numeracy across socio-economic groups.