Latin American leaders stress need to advance integration agenda during IDB regional trade policy dialogue

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 03:00
Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) leaders urged the United States to advance its trade agenda with the region during an event at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC. Vice ministers and high-level trade officials of LAC nations, met in the context of the Trade and Integration Network of the IDB Regional Policy Dialogue, a forum that brings together key policymakers of the borrowing member countries to discuss strategic issues for the region.

Venture capital for low-income markets

Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 03:00
Investing in housing, healthcare, education, basic utilities and nutrition can not only fulfill a social mission, but it can also be a profitable business venture. This is the concept of IGNIA Fund, which will channel venture capital resources to fund commercially viable growth companies serving the “base of the pyramid,” those persons in Latin America and the Caribbean earning less than $3,260 a year. The IGNIA Fund selects projects with the potential to be expanded on a larger scale, thereby increasing the social and economic impact.

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases receives $34 million from Gates Foundation

Friday, January 30, 2009 - 03:00
Dramatic improvements in health care and living conditions have led Latin America and the Caribbean to swift epidemiological changes and a predominance of non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart problems. But paradoxically, preventable infectious diseases continue to afflict the poorest and most vulnerable populations.

Brazilian soap operas shown to impact social behaviors

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 03:00
Long known for showcasing stunning beaches, charismatic characters and realistic depictions of the lives and aspirations of the middle class, Brazilian soap operas have helped shape women’s views on divorce and childbearing in critical ways, two recent studies by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) show.

Inter-American Development Bank named Best Multilateral by LatinFinance

Friday, November 7, 2008 - 03:00
LatinFinance, the leading source of financial market intelligence for the Latin American and the Caribbean, named the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as the best multilateral institution this year. LatinFinance praised the bank’s efforts to finance the largest ongoing infra-structure projects in the region, highlighting the bank’s innovative lending instruments.

Mobile telephone service means health care for all

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 03:00
The Inter-American Development Bank cosponsored the Third Latin American Conference on Medical Informatics held at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Universidad Austral in Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 30-31, with the participation of Rafael Anta, IDB’s senior information nd communication technology specialist.

IDB expands local-currency financing

Monday, April 14, 2008 - 03:00
The financial crisis of the 1980s and 1990s in Latin America has resulted in an increasing sophistication on the part of governments in the management of their monetary assets in the 21st century.

The $10 Billion Question: Which Investments Work Best?

Monday, March 31, 2008 - 03:00
*This article is presented as a website feature. It is part of the January-April 2008 issue of IDEA, an IDB newsletter on economic and social policy published three times a year.

Getting the word out on prevention

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 03:00
Thanks to a new vaccine—the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine—cervical cancer is now a fully preventable and curable disease, according to the Pan American Health Organization. Yet more than 86,000 women in Latin America and the Caribbean develop cervical cancer every year, and half of them die from it. International health experts gathered at the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) headquarters in Washington, DC, on International Women’s Day (March 8th), to discuss strategies to improve cervical cancer prevention in the region.

Eating disorders as a public health emergency

Monday, August 28, 2006 - 03:00
People tend to think of eating disorders as problems of the middle and upper classes, but it is a pervasive issue among low-income women as well, said professor of sociology at the London School of Economics, Dr. Susie Orbach, during a seminar on eating problems and mental health held at IDB headquarters. “Only two percent of women worldwide feel able to call themselves beautiful,” said Dr. Orbach, declaring the eating disorders problems as a world-wide public health emergency.