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.

A market with a view

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 03:00
By Paul Constance, Délugé-Piatre, Haiti Traffic on the highway that runs up Haiti’s Western shore from Port-au-Prince used to come to a standstill at Délugé-Piatre, a pair of adjacent seaside communities some 70 km north of the capital.

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.

Mainstreaming technical training for low-income women

Tuesday, December 21, 2004 - 03:00
Many poor women in Latin America have trouble entering the labor market. A pilot program to increase women's employability in the region has strengthened training for women in technical schools and improved the quality, opportunities and gender equity in technical training and in the labor market.

Leading international efforts for development

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank joined donor countries and multilateral agencies at an international conference held in Washington, D.C. to raise financial aid for priority programs for the political, economic and social recovery in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Aid in wake of deadly floods

Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 03:00
According to news reports, hundreds of people are either dead or missing in communities along the arid southern border between these Caribbean countries. The floods triggered by several days of torrential rains have also left thousands homeless in some of the island's poorest areas. IDB country offices in Santo Domingo and Port au Prince are in touch with Dominican and Haitian authorities, as well as international donors, to assess their nations' immediate needs and identify available loan resources that could be applied to assist the recovery.

Policy recommendations for mobile telephony development in Latin America

Wednesday, June 25, 2003 - 03:00
Policy makers should promote interconnection regulation through a model contract for all players, exclusion of fixed-line carriers when possible, and unlimited market entry instead of exclusive licenses to develop mobile telephony in Latin America, according to a working paper recently published by the Inter-American Development Bank's Research Department.