Brazil’s Fisherwomen Mean Business

March 07, 2014
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. 

New future for children and youths in Ceará

April 25, 2011
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).

IDB backs base-of-the-pyramid business models in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 09, 2011
Projects aim to boost income and improve quality of life of low-income people with companies, governments and NGOs The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is teaming up with companies, governments and non-governmental organizations in novel projects to generate new business models that provide low-income people in Latin America and the Caribbean with quality goods and services, improved earning opportunities and enhanced living standards.

Latin America and the Caribbean see slower growth in next four years

March 19, 2009
Latin American and Caribbean leaders expect per capita income to fall or grow moderately in the 2009–2012  period and governments to rely more on financing from international institutions, according to a survey by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The expectations contrast sharply with the recent economic performance in the region, where product per capita grew 4.1 percent annually in the past five years.

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.

Venture capital for low-income markets

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.

A call for gender policies

June 07, 2007
"When we finance a development project, we want to instigate change. And this requires women. Women are important social agents and they add value to all development projects," said Ruth Cardoso at the IDB. Ruth Cardoso, a former First Lady of Brazil and the current President of "Comunidade Solidaria" – a program that fights poverty and social exclusion in her country, examined progress to date on including gender policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. She noted that although almost everyone agrees on the importance of that goal, no one seems to know how to achieve it.

Social programs or wage increases?

February 23, 2007
Brazilian social programs such as “Bolsa Familia” (Family Allowance) or “Salario Familia” (Family Wage) are much more effective tools to fight poverty and reduce income inequality than raising the minimum wage, according to a new study by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), presented at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC.

Women on the challenges of being a scientist in Latin America and the Caribbean

January 16, 2007
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.

Saying no to hunger

March 14, 2006
Three meals per day. That is the goal that Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wants to achieve before the end of this year for all his compatriots. The person in charge of eliminating hunger in Brazil is Patrus Ananias de Sousa, Minister of Social Development and the Fight against Hunger.   “Brazil isn’t a poor country, but it’s a country that is home to many poor people, thanks to centuries of social injustice and inequality,” de Sousa said recently at the IDB.