Latin America and the Caribbean could cover all their electricity needs using renewable resources: IDB report

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 03:00
Lower prices and new technologies are making solar, wind and other resources competitive with fossil fuels for power generation Latin America and the Caribbean’s renewable energy endowment is large enough to cover its projected 2050 electricity needs 22 times over, according to a new report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Pioneering Data Initiative Aims to Measure Public Safety Conditions

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
Determining the murder rate for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean is not an easy task. There are several sources that collect such data, from Interior Ministries to police and health departments, and each one uses a different methodology. As a result, murder rates can vary widely—the difference can be as high as 50 percent depending on the source and year.

The Smart Fight Against Beach Erosion and Natural Disasters in Barbados

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
The construction of a kilometer-long boardwalk between Rockley and Coconut Court on the southern coast of Barbados is not only a tourist attraction—it also provides safe access to beaches and has increased beach width by nearly 20 meters.

Panama and the IDB, partners for more than 50 years

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
More than five decades of collaboration to improve the quality of life of Panamanians and promote equitable development Panama has one of the most rapidly growing emerging economies of recent years. In 2012, the country’s economic growth in real terms was about 10 percent, the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. The equally encouraging forecasts for this year place Panama in the group of countries with the greatest potential for economic expansion in the next decade.

Villa La Angostura’s rebirth

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 03:00
Mother Nature has mysterious ways—it can create incredible beauty and it can also turn it into an instant nightmare. That is exactly what happened in idyllic Villa La Angostura, a popular winter ski destination and summer lake resort in Argentina’s Patagonia that ended up covered by thousands of tons of ashes when the nearby Puyehue volcano erupted in June 2011.

Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 03:00
Even with more education than men, women are still concentrated in lower-paid occupations such as teaching, health care or the service sector. When comparing men and women of the same age and educational level, men earn 17 percent more than women in Latin America.

A life beyond crime

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 18:30
A Jamaican citizen security program targets women involved in gangs For Pauline Crooks, quitting the Montego Bay gang that had helped her to put food on the table for six years wasn’t a quick or an easy decision. The single mother of three continued showing up at her “workplace”— where the gangsters ran lottery scams—even after she joined a parenting course offered by the Citizen Security and Justice Program (CSJP), an initiative launched in 2007 by Jamaica’s government to bring down crime in the island’s most violent communities.

Rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon discover the value of sustainable management

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 03:00
Communities diversify income through increased access to new techniques that promote better use of natural resources and less deforestation

Latin America and the Caribbean face massive economic damages from global warming, report warns

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 03:00
Region needs to dramatically increase its investment in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the coming decades Latin America and the Caribbean face annual damages in the order of $100 billion by 2050 from diminishing agricultural yields, disappearing glaciers, flooding, droughts and other events triggered by a warming planet, according to the findings of a new report to be released at the Rio+20 summit. 

Civic culture is key to reduce violence, study finds

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 03:00
IDB-sponsored study explores how changes in civic culture are needed to achieve long-term success in mitigating violence Any successful strategy to prevent violence should include measures to recognize and change behaviors prompted by beliefs, emotions and cultural factors, according to a new study sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).