A water turnaround in Haiti

November 03, 2011
Before the project started in 2008, Saint Marc had running water for nine hours a week, at best. At present service is up to 10 hours a day—the highest average in any urban area in Haiti.

Child Health Week in Haiti

January 20, 2011
During the second week of November, despite the growing unrest that preceded the general elections, Haiti launched a vast campaign to deliver vitamin A supplements, de-worming capsules and vaccines to children aged 5 and under. The effort to reach more than one million infants also sought to contain the cholera outbreak by distributing oral rehydration salts and disseminating information on preventing and treating that disease.

The Caribbean and the IDB at a Glance

September 27, 2010
The IDB member countries of the English-speaking Caribbean – The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago – along with Dutch-speaking Suriname, are brought together by commerce, geography, history and traditions. Their economic situation and development challenges, however, may vary widely.

Central America's integration is in full swing

July 21, 2010
In late July, the first substation of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC) is opening in Costa Rica. A week later, the substation in Panama will be ready to operate. Towers, lines and cables are already in place, so the southern section of the nascent Central American electricity market will soon be a reality. PAC53 - Road from La Chorrera to Arraijan, in Panama.

Reconstructing Haiti: Social Services

February 11, 2010
What was the purpose of your trip to Haiti?I was part of a technical mission that spent four days in Port-au-Prince from February 1 to 4. Other team members from headquarters were Ketleen Florestal, Country Economist for Haiti, Felipe Gomez-Acebo, Principle Financial Specialist, and Ophélie Chevalier, Housing and Urban Development Specialist. We met with senior government ministers and key representatives of the business, NGO and international aid community.

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

October 07, 2009
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.

Mesoamerica Advances

July 29, 2009
The regional integration initiative known as Proyecto Mesoamérica is gaining momentum. It was a central item on the agenda of the XI Cumbre de Tuxla (an annual summit of regional heads of state), which concluded in Costa Rica today. Last week news reports focused on a proposed multimodal transportation strategy to improve the region’s competitiveness. And last June, the IDB announced the second phase of a project known as Tránsito Internacional de Mercancía, which will introduce a unified customs system for use on the borders of all Mesoamerican countries.

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.

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

January 30, 2009
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

January 29, 2009
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.