January 28, 2010
Lucy Conger (*) For the Haitians who lost everything after the Jan. 12 earthquake, they needed the basics: Food, water and shelter. They also needed money. The story about getting remittances that Haitians in the United States were sending to their relatives in Haiti includes a heroic feat by Fonkoze—an alternative bank for the poor that specializes in micropayments— negotiations deep into the night and cash drops by U.S. soldiers.
March 23, 2009
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is promoting the discussion and analysis of the impacts of the global financial crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean during seminars in Medellín, Colombia, related to the 50th Annual Meeting of the Bank'sBoard of Governors. The discussions will feature government leaders such as Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Zhou Xiaochuan and governor of the People’s Bank of China, as well as noted experts such as Robert Merton, a Nobel Prize-winner economist.
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.
February 26, 2009
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.
October 08, 2008
A large portion of the employed population in Paraguay works in the microenterprise sector, which has produced many successful and dynamic businesses. More than 150,000 microentrepreneurs have accessed financing through specialized microcredit institutions. However, many microenterprises do not provide their proprietors and workers with a
July 30, 2004
The Mexico-European Union Free Trade Agreement, the first such accord between Europe and a country in the Americas, is celebrating its fourth anniversary and 27% growth in bilateral trade volume. (1) However, long-term benefits are not easily measured. The reported effective growth rates - 19% for Mexican exports to the European Union, and 30% for EU exports to Mexico – is considered relatively low compared with Mexico’s 18% increase in exports worldwide.
July 21, 2004
The Inter-American Development Bank joined donor countries and multilateral agencies at an international conference held in Washington, D.C. to raise financial aid for priority programs for the political, economic and social recovery in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
October 16, 2003
One surefire way to increase the competitiveness of a country’s exports in global markets is to make its tax system amenable to businesses—and especially to manufacturers of products and providers of services in which the country has a competitive advantage. Unfortunately, designing the ‘perfect’ tax structure isn’t easy, even on the national level. Policymakers must devise a system that raises enough tax revenues to finance public expenditures without sacrificing the nation’s competitiveness.