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.

IDB kicks-off consultation process with civil society on Peru LNG

Friday, September 8, 2006 - 03:00
On September 8, 2006 the Inter-American Development Bank held a first meeting with civil society organizations in Washington to begin a series of consultations regarding the Perú Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) project.  The Bank signed a Mandate Letter to begin its due diligence on the project in June.

IDB holds third public consultation on Camisea project

Friday, March 3, 2006 - 03:00
Civil society organizations, Peruvian government officials, specialists of the Inter-American Development Bank and private sector leaders have held their third semiannual public consultation to exchange views and information on issues and concerns regarding the Camisea natural gas project.

The impact of the press on good governance

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 03:00
Unlike radio and television broadcasting or the Internet, the written press provides more detailed analysis of the news. It thus serves as a “ guide for citizens and authorities to attain good governance,” said the President of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), Alejandro Miró Quesada. Speaking at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, the Peruvian journalist and lawyer discussed the relationship between journalism and governance in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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.

Listeners from the heart of the Amazon

Thursday, September 2, 2004 - 03:00
Every morning, the Peruvian Amazon wakes up listening to the radio. Radio is the highest reaching media outlet in the area: 81 percent of the population listens to radio programs and newscasts, according to a study in the area of Loreto. “Here in my community, Mrs. Norita is doing real well with her fish farm,” says a woman in a letter that´s being read on air. “When she sells her fish, she is going to send her daughter to school so she can get ahead and be something in life.”

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).

The cost of conflict

Friday, November 21, 2003 - 03:00
How much does it cost a country like Peru if business owners don't trust its own justice and conflict resolution systems? Somewhere between $65-200 million per year in gross domestic product, according to a recently published IDB study. Alvaro Herrero and Keith Henderson, co-authors of The Cost of Conflict Resolution for Small Businesses, came up with that estimate after surveying and interviewing owners of medium, small and micro businesses, judicial system officials, economists, bankers and public officials across Peru.