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.

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.

Feedback sought on new IDB Environment and Safeguards Policy

Monday, November 22, 2004 - 03:00
The IDB is developing its Environment and Safeguards Compliance Policy. The goal of the new policy is to help advance the Bank's mission for promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty across the Latin American and Caribbean region. The specific objectives of the policy are to maximize development benefits and environmental sustainability outcomes in Bank operations and activities; to manage risks to ensure that all Bank operations and activities are environmentally viable, and to improve and promote corporate environmental responsibility within the Bank.

Beyond voting

Monday, May 10, 2004 - 03:00
A quarter of a century ago, democratic governments in Latin America were the exception, not the norm. Today, a large majority of countries in the region enjoy democratic governments. Without a doubt, the political situation has improved but it is too soon to declare the mission fulfilled. According to Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez, archbishop of Tegucigalpa and president of the Foro de Fortalecimiento a la Democracia (Forum to Strengthen Democracy, also known by the Spanish acronomy FDD), “elections are not enough; democracy is a form of life, not just casting a vote."

Promoting citizen participation and ethics in IDB projects

Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 03:00
Six IDB projects in Mexico and Central America were analyzed during a recent workshop on social capital, ethics and development. The goal of the workshop, held at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C., was to further integrate social participation and an ethical dimension as components of development projects. The event was attended by 43 specialists from the Bank and other international organizations.