Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

October 15, 2012
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.

Beyond the soccer fields

July 05, 2010
What does the U.S. winning goal at the end of its match with Algeria in the World Cup have to do with youth employment in Latin America? Or what does the composure with which the English goalkeeper accepted a referee’s mistake that cost his team the victory have to do with the self-esteem of adolescents in Brazil? 

The IDB, a partner of Colombia in development

March 17, 2009
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.

Homework: Plant a Tree

August 01, 2007
In Haiti, a country almost completely denuded of trees, the schoolchildren of the mountaintop parish of Saint Paul de Furcy are doing more than their share to counter the effects of a history of deforestation.

Soccer as a tool for youth development

July 02, 2007
More than 83 million children and youth live in poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. Many are victims of violence and social exclusion, and many lack opportunities for quality education and jobs. For these youth, participation in soccer and sports-related activities can mean access to a safe and healthy environment. “Soccer really saved my life, it gave me the opportunity to stay away from gangs, make new friends and more importantly to have a dream,” said Franklin Arias, a youth leader from Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)—a D.C.

Human trafficking's dirty profits and huge costs

November 02, 2006
Poverty, unemployment and lack of opportunity force millions of people to look for a better life by moving away from the places they call home. In Latin America and the Caribbean, illegal emigration is a huge problem, and it goes hand-in-hand with people trafficking and exploitation—pointed out IDB modernization of the state specialist Nybia Laguarda, during a presentation at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

Education can't wait

March 05, 2004
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.