IDB and Civil Society make progress with public consultations and work agenda at meeting in Guadalajara

Saturday, November 7, 2009 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and members of civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean agreed at their annual meeting on a roadmap toward increased transparency and more robust participation by social organizations in the activities of the Bank. The agenda was agreed upon during the Ninth Annual IDB-Civil Society Meeting, held in Guadalajara, on November 5 and 6. The Meeting was attended by the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno.

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.

Pooling resources through Hometown Associations

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 03:00
Some say that the origins of Chicago’s Mexican community can be traced down to the city block, with Michoacanos living on one and Zacatecanos on another nearby. Whether this is an accurate depiction of Mexican migrant settlement patterns or not, the idea of maintaining a strong connection with one’s roots is an important part of the lives of many migrants, and is also the driving force behind the formation of transnational migrant organizations, or Hometown Associations (HTAs).

The winning card

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 03:00
Remittances and a cross-border network of businesses, nonprofits, credit unions, microfinance institutions and other financial players are connected through a debit and stored-value card platform that has one very simple result: everybody wins. The business model, combining efficient use of technology with cheaper remittances transactions and better business for financial institutions, was presented at IDB headquarters by UCLA professor and successful entrepreneur Raúl Hinojosa.

Racial and ethnic disparities in health in Latin America

Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - 03:00
Are Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples in better or worse health than Latin Americans of European descent? Four new studies on race, ethnicity and health in Latin America produced some unexpected and sometimes contradictory results. In poor rural villages in Mexico, for instance, indigenous groups report being in better health than non-indigenous groups, said Ashu Handa, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He took data from the PROGRESA cash transfer program for the poor and compared it with the National Health Survey findings.

For the people, with the people

Monday, December 6, 2004 - 03:00
Some 3 million people in poor neighborhoods in Mexico’s cities lack drinking water, while 6 million more have no sanitation services. The growing demands caused by massive urban migration are challenging poverty reduction programs all over Latin America and the Caribbean. “Cities are the places where poverty is most visible,” said IDB president Enrique V. Iglesias at a recent seminar on the achievements of a young Mexican social program known as Habitat.

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.

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.