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.

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.

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.

China, Latin America must diversify trade, deepen cooperation and investment, new IDB study says

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 03:00
China and Latin America and the Caribbean must lower trade costs and increase investment and cooperation to deepen and diversify the trade relationship, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Gender and Political Parties: Without Equality, Far from Parity

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 03:00
The new decade begins with the election of another woman president. Dilma Rousseff, the Labor Party’s candidate, won the presidential elections in Brazil with 56 percent of the votes. Similarly, Laura Chinchilla, candidate for the Partido Liberación Nacional, won the presidential race in Costa Rica with 47 percent of the vote. In Chile, meanwhile, Michelle Bachelet ended her term with an approval rating of 83 percent. Their stories are no longer mere anecdotes, but are charting a new course for women in Latin American politics.

Innovation is the key to sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 8, 2010 - 03:00
The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are making comparatively low investments in research and development, and the region’s private sector is also comparatively under-represented in R&D spending, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank. Through a comparative analysis of R&D investments in developed countries, the study, entitled “The need to innovate,” concludes that companies in Latin America and the Caribbean have favored technology procurement strategies instead of promote endogenous generation of technology and new ideas.

Ministers call for more financial and institutional support for culture industries in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 03:00
Cultural industries are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy, expanding at a projected rate of 8-10 percent over the coming decade. What does that mean for Latin America and the Caribbean?   The region has rich cultural heritage and dynamic cultural industries which continue to grow. But are countries doing enough to exploit the social and economic potential of the creative sector for development?

IDB study looks at export agency effectiveness

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 03:00
Latin American and Caribbean export agencies have succeeded in supporting the diversification and expansion of exports but could be more effective, a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank shows.