Government Services at Your Fingertips in Chile

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 03:00
Chile has long had one of the highest Internet penetration levels of all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The question has been how to turn this into a tool to support the country’s economic and social development. The answer came when Chile, as part of an ambitious ongoing digital development strategy, decided in 2004 to revamp its e-government platform and expand its range of public services over the Internet for citizens and businesses.

Latin America and the Caribbean Call for More Investment in Innovation

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 03:00
Innovation, in particular investment in research and development (R&D), is a key to competitiveness, increased productivity and long-term growth beyond simple accumulation of physical and human capital in a fast growing global economy. Latin America and the Caribbean have not been investing enough in innovation in these worldwide trends and lag behind advanced economies and fast growing emerging economies such as China, India and South Korea. The success of the region is held back by underinvestment in innovation. Regional Dialogue

Innovation is the key to sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 8, 2010 - 03:00
The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are making comparatively low investments in research and development, and the region’s private sector is also comparatively under-represented in R&D spending, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank. Through a comparative analysis of R&D investments in developed countries, the study, entitled “The need to innovate,” concludes that companies in Latin America and the Caribbean have favored technology procurement strategies instead of promote endogenous generation of technology and new ideas.

Central America's integration is in full swing

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 03:00
In late July, the first substation of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC) is opening in Costa Rica. A week later, the substation in Panama will be ready to operate. Towers, lines and cables are already in place, so the southern section of the nascent Central American electricity market will soon be a reality.

IDB launches contest to bring innovation to the challenge of disability

Friday, May 8, 2009 - 03:00
How can people with disabilities be pulled out of poverty? Technology adapted to the Latin American reality is part of the solution to integrate these people into society and into the workforce, said Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor José Gómez-Marquez in a speech during the launching of an Inter-American Development Bank’s initiative to promote innovative solutions for people with disabilities in the region.

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.

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.

Mobile telephone service means health care for all

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank cosponsored the Third Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics held at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Universidad Austral in Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 30-31, with the participation of Rafael Anta, IDB’s senior information nd communication technology specialist.

Technology is the easy part of mobile banking

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 03:00
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A number for life

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 03:00
Florencia Aylen López Martínez, newborn, got a special birthday gift from her government—the number 5.724.084-3—which will belong to her for the rest of her life. Florencia arrived in this world on April 21, 2008, at Pereira Rossell Hospital in Montevideo, where 17 percent of Uruguayan babies are born. These are the children of Uruguay’s poorest families.