Costa Rica’s Huétar Norte Region to boost competitiveness of micro and small firms with MIF support

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 03:00
$1 million investment will foster innovation and create first carbon footprint management model for firms in the nation With a vast agricultural, scenic and environmental richness, the Huétar Norte Region is little known outside of Costa Rica, and even internally its productive and touristic potential is not fully explored. More than half the milk produced in the country comes from that area, which covers 20 percent of the national landscape and it is home to only 7 percent of Costa Rica’s population.

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.

Mesoamerica renews push towards integration

Monday, October 25, 2010 - 03:00
The presidents of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic will meet tomorrow, Oct. 26, in Cartagena, Colombia at the XII Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination. The heads of state will be informed of the progress made by the Mesoamerica Project in terms of regional integration and will decide further courses of action.

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.

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.

A biodiesel odyssey

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 03:00
Some people travel in order to find themselves. Others travel to find sources of clean, renewable fuels. Last April, exactly 50 years after Jack Kerouac published “On the road,” one of the defining novels of the Beat Generation, a group of young professionals gathered in Washington, D.C., to embark on a very different kind of road trip.

Promoting Nature- and Culture-Based Tourism

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 03:00
A reserve of 730 hectares of cloud forest in rural Ecuador is part of a community project known as Santa Lucía that seeks to conserve nature through ecotourism and generate new income for local campesino families who manage their own resources. Santa Lucía is just one of the 41 pilot programs of best management practices in sustainable tourism conducted in Ecuador with support of Rainforest Alliance, a nongovernmental organization whose mission is to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

Grasping climate change challenges

Monday, March 12, 2007 - 03:00
A recent climate change initiative approved by the IDB amid increasing signs of the adverse impacts and costs of climate change provides a favorable environment to pursue opportunities for making economic growth more "green." Speaking at IDB headquarters, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer, called for climate change mitigation and adaptation for developing countries.

Latinos from the Far East

Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 03:00
By Charo QuesadaWhen Mexicans or Panamanians say they are “going to the Chino for groceries” they are not talking about some Chinese individual that happened to open a business around the corner from where they live. In their countries, the Chinese store has become an institution with a long tradition, providing a large and convenient selection of basic products, at low cost and with convenient business hours.

Technology Helped Reducing Inequality Gap

Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 03:00
A study realized by scholars at the universities of Chicago, Maryland and the Hoover Institution demonstrated that technology is helping reduce inequality in the world. Bary S. Bercker, Tomas J. Philopson, and Rodrigo R. Soares compared “the welfare value of gains in life expectancy with gains in income” to get the “effect of life expectancy on the evolution of world inequality.”