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.

Inter-American Development Bank named Best Multilateral by LatinFinance

November 07, 2008
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.

Presentation to the Committee fro Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Parliament

June 18, 2008
Latin America and the Caribbean experienced solid growth in 2007, external indebtedness declined in relative terms, and international reserves have risen. However, inflationary expectations have started to mount, due in part to the increase in oil and food prices.

Malaysian leader calls for strong anti-corruption legislation

December 08, 2006
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

November 28, 2006
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

July 10, 2006
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

April 28, 2006
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

January 26, 2006
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

October 20, 2005
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.

The impact of the press on good governance

August 17, 2005
Unlike radio and television broadcasting or the Internet, the written press provides more detailed analysis of the news. It thus serves as a “ guide for citizens and authorities to attain good governance,” said the President of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), Alejandro Miró Quesada. Speaking at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, the Peruvian journalist and lawyer discussed the relationship between journalism and governance in Latin America and the Caribbean.