IDB expects to provide more than $500 million to help Latin America and Caribbean prepare for natural disasters

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 03:00
Financial disaster preparedness is a growing concern in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year the region saw devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti and an active hurricane season that impacted Central America and Mexico. In addition, the La Niña-related weather phenomenon has brought severe flooding to Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil, among others.

Keeping remittances flowing to Haiti

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 03:00
Lucy Conger (*) For the Haitians who lost everything after the Jan. 12 earthquake, they needed the basics: Food, water and shelter. They also needed money. The story about getting remittances that Haitians in the United States were sending to their relatives in Haiti includes a heroic feat by Fonkoze—an alternative bank for the poor that specializes in micropayments— negotiations deep into the night and cash drops by U.S. soldiers.

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.

IDB seminars in Medellín to discuss impacts of global financial crisis

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is promoting the discussion and analysis of the impacts of the global financial crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean during seminars in Medellín, Colombia, related to the 50th Annual Meeting of the Bank'sBoard of Governors. The discussions will feature government leaders such as Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Zhou Xiaochuan and governor of the People’s Bank of China, as well as noted experts such as Robert Merton, a Nobel Prize-winner economist.

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.

Venture capital for low-income markets

Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 03:00
Investing in housing, healthcare, education, basic utilities and nutrition can not only fulfill a social mission, but it can also be a profitable business venture. This is the concept of IGNIA Fund, which will channel venture capital resources to fund commercially viable growth companies serving the “base of the pyramid,” those persons in Latin America and the Caribbean earning less than $3,260 a year. The IGNIA Fund selects projects with the potential to be expanded on a larger scale, thereby increasing the social and economic impact.

Key to Expanding Remittances

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 03:00
Over the past decade remittances have emerged from relative obscurity to become a key factor in the well-being of millions of families throughout the world. In 2007 the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region received US$66.5 billion, surpassing the total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the fifth consecutive year. The importance of these transfers from migrant workers to their families also has enormous implications at local and national levels.

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.

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.