Young people with big ideas that transform society

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 03:00
Participate and follow us on Twitter using @bidjuventud How does one solve old problems? With new ideas PANAMA CITY – We must listen to the voices of young people, with their fresh ideas and their plans for the future. And especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region with the world’s youngest population, where the average age is only 27.

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).

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.

The healing power of a cash crop

Monday, July 23, 2007 - 03:00
Palm oil has become a starting point for social and economic growth in San Alberto, a region struck hard by guerrilla activity in Colombia. The growing industry has transformed the local rural workers into suppliers of a complex production chain. Colombia is the top Latin American exporter of palm oil and the fourth-largest in the world. The business model of this palm crop story, which can be easily replicated with other crops and in other violent zones, was presented recently at IDB Headquarters by Luis Lizarralde, an expert in commercial regulation and corporate negotiations.

Improving avenues towards post-secondary and higher education for indigenous people

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 03:00
Considering the sheer diversity of indigenous peoples and languages in Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Nicaragua, with 22 different languages spoken among the majority (60 percent) Mayan population in Guatemala alone, it seems logical that terms like multiethnic, multilingual and culturally pluralistic would be used to describe their national compositions.

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.

Using the classroom to fight for peace

Sunday, January 1, 2006 - 03:00
By Charo QuesadaWhen war, natural disasters, economic crises or violence afflict a society, the education system is usually one of the first institutions to fall into disarray. Yet case after case has shown that in the wake of these disturbances, the presence and continuity of educational programs is crucial to rebuilding the social fabric.

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.”

From campesino to exporter

Friday, September 3, 2004 - 03:00
A hard-working Paraguayan, a good idea and a start-up $500 loan come together in this rags-to-riches story of a non-Spanish speaker who started selling fruit in his hometown and ended up venturing successfully in the export business. In Guayaibí, one of the poorest and most conflicted-ridden areas of Paraguay, Antonio Bogado started planting bananas and pineapples on a piece of land that belonged to his parents. Initially sold the fruit in nearby areas and later in Asunción, and soon saw himself exporting to Argentina and Uruguay.

Education can't wait

Friday, March 5, 2004 - 03:00
Even in times of war and civil strife, governments, civil society organizations, communities and donor countries must continue to place a high priority on education. The investment will pay off when the inevitable peace process arrives, and society and the country will be in a much better position to heal the wounds of conflict and regain momentum for economic and social development.