Income inequality increases the probability of being emotionally depressed, IDB study says

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 03:00
Income inequality can increase the probability of being emotionally depressed, particularly among people living in urban areas, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

MIF: 10 years working on remittances

Monday, May 3, 2010 - 03:00
Priscilla Murphy, Mexico City Ten years ago, remittances made home by immigrants abroad already were a major economic factor in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, these flows were largely unnoticed, literally hidden in plain sight.

IDB promotes dialogue with civil society

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 03:00
The Bank approved this year a new set of guidelines that will improve the relationship between its 26 country offices and civil society. In addition, the IDB has given civil society greater access to voice its concerns and monitor Bank-financed projects through a new Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM).

High taxes and evasion eroding economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 03:00
Complex tax systems and widespread evasion are distorting investment decisions by companies in Latin America and the Caribbean, reducing the efficiency of markets and preventing governments from investing in infrastructure, education and other key public goods. This hinders the productive possibilities of the region’s economies, according to a newly released study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

IDB and Civil Society make progress with public consultations and work agenda at meeting in Guadalajara

Saturday, November 7, 2009 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and members of civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean agreed at their annual meeting on a roadmap toward increased transparency and more robust participation by social organizations in the activities of the Bank. The agenda was agreed upon during the Ninth Annual IDB-Civil Society Meeting, held in Guadalajara, on November 5 and 6. The Meeting was attended by the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno.

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.

Expansionary Policies to Fight the Crisis Work, but not for all Countries

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 03:00
The financial crisis has brought Keynesianism back to the center stage of the policy debate worldwide. Several Latin American and Caribbean nations are announcing their own fiscal stimulus packages to try to weather the latest global credit crunch. A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank shows that recessions are far less severe in countries with room to adopt more flexible monetary and fiscal policies. However, this is not something for all nations, as success depends on economic initial conditions at the time of the crisis.

Financial crisis seen lasting one to three years in Latin America and the Caribbean – Bankers poll

Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 03:00
A majority of Latin American and Caribbean bankers expect the crisis in financial markets to last between one and three years, according to the results of a poll released today by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Latin American Bank Federation (FELABAN). More than 100 executives from large, mid-size and small banks from 19 Latin American and Caribbean countries took part in the survey conducted at the end of 2008, after the global financial crisis started to hit this region.

Facing the gathering storm

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 03:00
The past six years have been among the most glorious for Latin America’s once-fickle economies. Growth was fed by soaring commodity prices and generally more cautious fiscal policies. Almost 40 million individuals were swept above the poverty line. As the effects of the financial crisis in the United States and Europe deepen, Latin America and the Caribbean is bracing for the storm. Raw material prices are sharply lower and government budgets are tested.

Inter-American Development Bank named Best Multilateral by LatinFinance

Friday, November 7, 2008 - 03:00
LatinFinance, the leading source of financial market intelligence for the Latin American and the Caribbean, named the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as the best multilateral institution this year. LatinFinance praised the bank’s efforts to finance the largest ongoing infra-structure projects in the region, highlighting the bank’s innovative lending instruments.