Brazil’s Fisherwomen Mean Business

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 03:00
In Vila Castelo, a small town in the Brazilian state of Pará, fisherwomen are learning the ropes of fiscal management and entrepreneurship  Traditional fishing does not differ much today from what it has been since biblical times—a boat, a net, and a few men. Wait. Men? Maybe it has changed after all. At least in Vila Castelo, a tiny fishing village in Brazil’s state of Pará, women fish alongside men. 

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.

New future for children and youths in Ceará

Monday, April 25, 2011 - 03:00
Integrated actions involving families, schools, and communities assist children and youth at risk In an effort to reduce the poverty and neglect that afflict children and youth from poor households in the Brazilian state of Ceará, the state government is carrying out the Program to Support the Development of Children and Adolescents (PROARES), with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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.

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.

Banking services reach rural areas through post offices

Friday, September 26, 2003 - 03:00
People don’t usually associate post offices with banks, but offering financial services through the post office network has proven an innovative way to expand access to banking in Europe, Asia and Africa, and postal banking seems to be arriving to Latin America. Some 60 percent of Latin Americans do not have a bank within reach, especially in poor neighborhoods and rural areas, explained Hans Boon, vice-president of the Dutch-based financial firm ING at a seminar hosted by the IDB.

The price of motherhood

Thursday, September 4, 2003 - 03:00
Do women pay a price for being mothers? In developed countries, the answer is yes. Several studies show that women with children in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States earn lower salaries than women without children, despite equal levels of education and work experience.

Reforms urged for income transfer programs

Friday, August 1, 2003 - 03:00
Experts on social programs argue that it is necessary to reform direct income transfer programs in Brazil, such as Bolsa Escola, which provides funding to low-income families as long as they can keep their children in school.

Gender wage gaps

Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 03:00
In 1999 a working mother in Brazil with 11 years of schooling earned 3.05 reais per hour while her male counterpart, with the same qualifications, earned an average salary of 4.52 reais. The case of Brazil is not an exception in Latin America. Although in some countries, such as Bolivia, the wage gender gap is not so evident, men receive better salaries than women for the same job.

An initiative to create jobs

Wednesday, April 9, 2003 - 03:00
Greater work mobility, higher productivity, and human resource competitiveness are some of the objectives achieved by MIF-financed labor competency certification programs.The case of Chile