More transparency means less corruption

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 03:00
What do Ecuador's oil industry, the Chilean Library of Congress, the Colombian housing market and audit courts of Brazil’s states and cities have in common?

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.

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.

Measuring integrity

Monday, April 21, 2008 - 03:00
Most Latin American countries have a good legal framework for fighting corruption but they hardly ever succeed in implementing these laws effectively. This is one of the main findings of the Global Integrity Report 2007 by Global Integrity, an independent information provider based in Washington, D.C., which assessed 55 countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Malaysian leader calls for strong anti-corruption legislation

Friday, December 8, 2006 - 03:00
Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia, called for strong legislation and enforcement to fight corruption, but he warned that such measures should be apolitical.  Speaking at the IDB Forum of the Americas at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Ibrahim delivered on December 7 an address on "The Central Role of Governance and Accountability in Achieving Development Goals in the 21st Century".

A new culture of accountability and transparency

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 03:00
An important challenge against corruption is taking root in Latin America and the Caribbean said Huguette Labelle, Chair of  Transparency International, at a conference titled “Beyond Words and Paper: Why the Americas Must Act Against Corruption.”

Latin America and the Caribbean prepare for a pandemic

Monday, July 10, 2006 - 03:00
Worldwide, more than half the people who have contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus strain have died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization’s official tally. Just in 2006, 55 of the 85 people who contracted the disease died from it.  

“Greening” at IDB headquarters and country offices

Friday, April 28, 2006 - 03:00
You can learn a lot from the back of a Starbuck’s napkin. Above the friendly recycling arrows, it relays that the product is made from 100 percent recycled fibers, at least 40 percent post-consumer material and that no bleach was used in its production, a mini advertisement for the company’s environmental savviness. This informal way to disclose corporate sustainable practices to coffee drinkers worldwide is reflective of the trail blazed by private companies over the past decade in issuing reports on corporate social responsibility.

Measuring the opposite of corruption

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 03:00
In many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, corruption is reluctantly accepted as part of the political workings of government, as an inevitable occurrence among those in power. However while everyone is well aware of its pervasiveness, the extent of corruption remains difficult to measure accurately, for it is hard to gauge what cannot be seen.

Multilateral Development Banks agree to further coordination of anti-corruption efforts

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 03:00
The world's leading multilateral development banks have agreed to coordinate further and, as far as possible, to harmonize their procedures for the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud and corruption in projects and activities that they finance, as well as to increase the consistency of their anti-corruption efforts.