Haiti: from the playing fields to the workplace

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 03:00
A youth job-training program seeks to turn sport skills into employment opportunities Can the abilities and the discipline required to succeed in sports translate into better economic prospects for disadvantaged young people, such as getting a steady job or setting up their own business? Robert “Boby” Duval, president of Fondation L’Athlétique d’Haïti, is betting it can work in his ravaged country.

A roof for Haiti

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 03:00
GRAND GOAVE, Haiti – Maryse Auguste says she’s happy with her new home, a tidy, one-room shelter built after the January 12 earthquake by young volunteers of Un Techo Para Mi País (Spanish for A Roof for My Country), a nongovernmental organization specialized in providing temporary housing to the desperately poor in 16 Latin American countries.

Back in business

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 03:00
This season’s first shipments of organic mangos from the Carifresh fruit packing plant left for the United States the last week of April, almost two months later than usual. But this is not a normal season.

Hope for Haiti

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 03:00
Haiti produces some of the world’s best mangoes but around half of the crop is lost before it reaches markets. Only about 10 percent of the fruit is exported. And, paradoxically for a country with 10 million mango trees, Haiti imports mango juice.

Helping Haiti rise again

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 03:00
On January 12 Haiti suffered one of the worst natural disasters recorded in world history. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the capital, Port-au-Prince, and several cities, towns and villages, leaving more than 230,000 people dead and some 1.5 million homeless. The ensuing humanitarian emergency and the devastating damage caused by the quake are likely to demand massive international assistance for many years to come.

Reconstructing Haiti: Social Services

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 03:00
What was the purpose of your trip to Haiti?I was part of a technical mission that spent four days in Port-au-Prince from February 1 to 4. Other team members from headquarters were Ketleen Florestal, Country Economist for Haiti, Felipe Gomez-Acebo, Principle Financial Specialist, and Ophélie Chevalier, Housing and Urban Development Specialist. We met with senior government ministers and key representatives of the business, NGO and international aid community.

A bountiful device

Friday, May 22, 2009 - 03:00
Before the project started in 2005, the fishermen of Petit Paradis were too poor to eat their own catch. Now, a clever device has some fishermen making hundreds of dollars a week. The big change is the advent of FAD, for “fish aggregating device.” FAD is a submerged structure of long cables that attracts plankton and small fish, which in turn lure bigger fish.

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.

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.