A capital challenge in Haiti

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 03:00
Until February 2011, Jean-Claude Seropian, a French hydraulic engineer, worked in Paris as director of operations of Suez Environnement, one of the world’s leading water and waste management companies. That month he moved to Haiti as head of a team of five technical, financial and management experts from Suez and two sister companies, Aguas de Barcelona and United Water. Their mission: to work with the staff of Port-au-Prince’s ailing water utility to arrest the decline of its services.

A water turnaround in Haiti

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 03:00
Before the project started in 2008, Saint Marc had running water for nine hours a week, at best. At present service is up to 10 hours a day—the highest average in any urban area in Haiti.

A small price to pay

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 03:00
GOMIER, Haiti – Danette François used to walk 30 minutes to fetch water from a well in this seaside village. The water was free but brackish and untreated. Her children often fell ill. She now spends a few minutes each day to fill a 5-gallon bucket of chlorinated water, paying a community-established fee of one gourde— the equivalent of two cents. “The price? It’s really cheap, like a gift,” said François, who has five children between the ages of 10 and 4. “I’m happy. My kids are not getting sick.”

IDB invites feedback on new project impact mechanism for communities

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank today unveiled its new proposed Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM)—the process through which affected communities can voice concerns about an IDB project. The ICIM is a draft proposal, which is open to public consultation for civil society groups and other actors to express their suggestions and provide feedback. The idea is to enhance and speed up the investigation process of external allegations.

IDB seminars in Medellín to discuss impacts of global financial crisis

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is promoting the discussion and analysis of the impacts of the global financial crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean during seminars in Medellín, Colombia, related to the 50th Annual Meeting of the Bank'sBoard of Governors. The discussions will feature government leaders such as Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Zhou Xiaochuan and governor of the People’s Bank of China, as well as noted experts such as Robert Merton, a Nobel Prize-winner economist.

Latin America and the Caribbean see slower growth in next four years

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 03:00
Latin American and Caribbean leaders expect per capita income to fall or grow moderately in the 2009–2012  period and governments to rely more on financing from international institutions, according to a survey by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The expectations contrast sharply with the recent economic performance in the region, where product per capita grew 4.1 percent annually in the past five years.

The IDB, a partner of Colombia in development

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 03:00
Since the mid-1990s the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the leading source of multilateral financing for Colombia. Over the last 50 years, the IDB has approved more than US$14.8 billion in loans and non-refundable technical cooperation projects for Colombia. Throughout its history, the IDB has supported the Colombian government and private sector in key development areas such as infrastructure, state modernization and reform, small and medium enterprise, agriculture, energy, climate change and environmental protection.

Connections

Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 03:00
Ever since 1992,  the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Spanish explorers in the Americas, modern-day Spanish adventurers have vigorously set out to establish new links with Latin America.  The leaders of this new wave of Spanish presence in Latin America are big-business giants, the industrial and financial investors that have bought up Latin enterprises Repsol oil company, Telefónica de España and Enersis electricity utility and the banking groups Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) and Banco Santander Central Hispano (BSCH). 

IDB celebrates its interregional ties

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 03:00
Back in the 1970s, IDB membership expanded to include countries outside the Western Hemisphere in line with the global security approach in international politics at the time.  Now, the Inter-American Development Bank celebrates the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Madrid in 1974—an event that marked a milestone in the history of the Bank—by formalizing bonds with 12 industrialized nations and their financial and guidance support to the institution. The year 2006 marks three decades since the first group of non-regional countries actually joined the Bank.

Spain's Crown Prince of Asturias addresses young Hispanic leaders at IDB

Friday, October 6, 2006 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank hosted Spain’s Crown Prince of Asturias, His Royal Highness Felipe de Borbón, on Friday, October 6, 2006, during the II Convention of Young Hispanic Leaders, held at the Bank's Washington, D.C. headquarters.The Crown Prince, who supported the creation of the Hispanic Leaders Assocation in 2005, affirmed his country's interest in the future of the Hispanic community in the United States.