Innovative community participation supports program to fight environmental degradation of Brazil’s Atlantic forest

Monday, April 25, 2011 - 03:00
IDB helps promote conservation and provide better housing conditions for more than 8,000 families, many of them living in high-risk hillsides in Serra do Mar A $470 million project backed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo is seeking to protect what is left of the Atlantic forest while ensuring better livelihoods for the local communities. One of the key components of the project is to move residents to safer areas.

The IDB in Brazil at a glance

Monday, April 25, 2011 - 03:00
Highlights: support for the World Cup cities, environmental conservation, and infrastructure Brazil is one of the IDB’s founding member countries. Since 1961, the Bank has approved $40 billion in loans and guarantees for Brazil that have helped fund projects costing more than $110 billion. These projects, in the areas of ​​infrastructure, environment, institutional strengthening, and poverty reduction, have been carried out in close cooperation with all levels of government, civil society, and the private sector.

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.

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.

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.

Profile of the young Latin American entrepreneur

Monday, July 26, 2004 - 03:00
They belong to the middle class, have university degrees and on average begin to think about being entrepreneurs at 25, but they do not open their first company until about 5 years later. These are the characteristics that define the young Latin American entrepreneurs, according to a recent study by the Inter-American Development Bank that is the subject of the book Desarrollo Emprendedor (published in Spanish and available in English in the fall).

Development through knowledge

Wednesday, April 7, 2004 - 03:00
The secret to better promoting sustainable development doesn’t lie in creating more knowledge. It lies in putting that knowledge in a format that everyone can understand and then making it widely available.

Budgeting with community participation

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 - 03:00
The city of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil over 10 years ago began an innovative experiment that gave community input a crucial role in municipal management. First tried in 1989, “participatory budgeting” gained popularity and was eventually adopted by almost 180 Brazilian municipalities and several other Latin American countries.

Comparing environmental laws in Latin America

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 03:00
It used to be that in Latin America environmental problems were accepted as a part of doing business--if they were thought of at all. But most countries today have strict environmental regulations designed to protect the land, soil, water, and biological resources. Most also have laws requiring that communities and the public be informed about new development projects, and have the opportunity to air their views and even influence final decisions.