Finding New Ways to Retain Teachers in Rural Mexico

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
In remote villages of rural Mexico, home to the country’s poorest and most marginalized populations, one of the biggest challenges to improve the quality of education decrease the attrition rate for those who teach there. Domingo Ruperto Díaz González, an 18-old primary teacher in Las Pilas, a rural village in the Mexican state of Chiapas, may hold the key to help solve the problem.

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).

Increased opportunities for higher education

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 03:00
Mexico's FINAE to expand student loan offerings, allowing more low-income students to get degrees and training that will lead to better jobs and brighter futures College degrees are hard to obtain in Mexico, especially for students from low-income families. Public universities have been unable to meet demand and many aspiring students do not earn enough to pay for tuition at private universities. As a result, only one in four Mexicans between the ages of 19 and 24 is enrolled in college—a number that drops to one in 30 for young people at the base of the pyramid.

Tequila Trail: visiting the Mexican soul

Monday, June 22, 2009 - 03:00
Mariano Ceja Velasco is a familiar face for tourists visiting Tequila, a town known for its distilleries and agave farms, in the central part of Mexico’s Jalisco state. Velasco transports visitors in a yellow bus shaped as a tequila bottle.

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.

Social programs boosting early childhood development

Monday, April 30, 2007 - 03:00
More than 200 million children worldwide fail to reach their potential in adulthood because of deficits in cognitive development in early childhood, according to a recent study. A handful of recent papers suggest that Latin America and the Caribbean faces large deficits in cognitive skills among children.

The Mayan world in the digital era

Friday, February 9, 2007 - 03:00
The past and future of Guatemala merge in the new IDB Cultural Center art exhibition, honoring the host country of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank. Unlike previous art exhibitions at the Cultural Center, the exhibition “Guatemala: Past and Future” is made up of multimedia presentations that portray key elements of Mayan culture in digitally restored versions.

Women on the challenges of being a scientist in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 03:00
Regardless of whether you’re a woman or a man, it’s not easy being a scientist in Latin America or the Caribbean (LAC).  Like anywhere else in the world, from the time one starts university it takes ten years of research and hard work just to earn a PhD in LAC, followed by several years working in postdoctoral fellowship positions.

Mayan gold

Saturday, April 1, 2006 - 03:00
By Roger HamiltonConsider the two worlds in a cup of latte. The milk, the bland product of a placid cow, is pretty much taken for granted. But not the coffee. Even its Latin name Coffea arabica conjures up exotic origins. It thrives in rugged terrain, in places that can be politically volatile and environmentally unstable. Connoisseurs quibble over it and commodity traders take it on wild rides through the global marketplace. This is no ordinary bean.

Coffee cornucopia

Saturday, April 1, 2006 - 03:00
“This is much more than a coffee plantation,” said Isodoro Morales as he neared the top of the hill. Although his organic plantation appears helter-skelter, it is the product of considerable management skill and hard work—more work, in fact, than the manicured monoculture that defines large-scale commercial operations. In his plantation, Morales explained, coffee bushes are only the common denominator of a whole floral and faunal community, outwardly messy but possessing an important inner logic.