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.

IDB ramps up financing for green projects in Latin America and the Caribbean

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 03:00
Participate in Twitter using #IDBmtg Bank approved record $736 million in loans last year for private sector projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is ramping up lending for private sector projects related to renewable energy and energy efficiency to help bridge the gap for long-term financing for green investments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Renewable energy to power irrigation in the Atacama desert

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 03:00
With support from the IDB, Subsole will be the first company in Chile’s fruit industry to use solar photovoltaic energy The Atacama desert is the driest place on earth and the region with the highest solar radiation on the planet. That’s where Subsole, one of the Chile’s largest locally owned exporters of table fruits, is planning its future growth, and it will use the power of solar energy and energy efficiency to achieve its goal.

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.

Indigenous communities in Central America use traditions to protect biodiversity

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 03:00
Not long ago, José López Hernández, a member of the Oxlajuj No'j tribe, would readily take his axe to chop down trees in the town of Santa María de Jesús in the heart of Guatemala.

Sustainable energy for Haiti, Bahamas and Barbados

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 03:00
Tens of thousands of Haitians who lost their homes in Port-au-Prince have left the city and migrated to rural villages or temporary encampments. International aid organizations are currently helping to construct clinics, schools, administrative centers and warehouses in some of these villages, which are located in remote areas without access to basic services.

Guatemala makes strides in protecting Maya Biosphere Reserve with IDB support

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is helping Guatemala advance in its efforts to protect and sustainably develop the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Central America’s largest protected area.

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.