How Land Titling Can Boost Access to Credit for Farmers in Ecuador

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 03:00
For more than 70 years, the Herrera family has owned and farmed 300 hectares in the municipality of Pimampiro in northern Ecuador. The family had a deed for the land but it provided few details about the exact property lines, which areas had been set aside as protected areas, and in which parts farming was allowed.

Mayas, the flight through time

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 03:00
A new documentary shows how a 3,500-year-old culture remains vibrant in Mesoamerica When the Mayan people abandoned their cities of gleaming limestone in the 9th century AD, they took with them something far more enduring than monuments: They took their culture.  Over the centuries, as the forest reclaimed these vast temple complexes, the descendents of this great civilization continued to speak their ancestral languages, find meaning in the same cosmology, and even eat the same foods. 

Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 03:00
Even with more education than men, women are still concentrated in lower-paid occupations such as teaching, health care or the service sector. When comparing men and women of the same age and educational level, men earn 17 percent more than women in Latin America.

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).

IDB fuels impact investing in Latin America

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 03:00
More than $110 million of impact investing resources were mobilized by the IDB over the past 18 months to finance profitable projects that bring about social change Despite stellar economic performance in recent years, Latin America and the Caribbean still have a long way to go to address pressing development needs, such as reducing poverty, improving educational outcomes and enhancing access to reliable health services.

How to make energy efficient blue jeans

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 03:00
IDB financing for renewable energy paves the way for denim maker in Ecuador to boost output while cutting energy costs One of the oldest traditional textile manufacturers in Ecuador, La Internacional S.A., is not only looking for the latest trends in denim fashion, but also looking for ways to become more competitive and grow in a sustainable way.

A long history of IDB support to Ecuador

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 03:00
Ecuador is one of the founding members of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and its partner in progress during the Bank’s 52-year-history. This longtime cooperation has included financing for major projects such as the Paute Hydroelectric Project, road and highway infrastructure, cleanup and restoration of polluted ecosystems and drinking water systems. Another important project is the restoration of Quito’s historic center, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Competitiveness improves quality of life in Otavalo, Ecuador

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 22:03
Small business owners transform their household economy through a project to support competitiveness Each week the colorful "Plaza de Ponchos" (Poncho Plaza) in Otavalo, Ecuador, displays handicrafts made by more than 250 artisans. They are members of community microenterprise networks, created as part of a project being carried out by the local municipality with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Agriculture as an effective tool to combat poverty

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 19:19
In the midst of the bustle of urban life, Mariana de Cunalata and her family of 16 people, including children and grandchildren, carefully tend their organic vegetable garden surrounded by eucalyptus trees. “We no longer go out to buy produce,” says Cunalata, 61, who lives in Quito, Ecuador. “We harvest what we need for the pot."

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.