Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

October 15, 2012
Even with more education than men, women are still concentrated in lower-paid occupations such as teaching, health care or the service sector. When comparing men and women of the same age and educational level, men earn 17 percent more than women in Latin America.

Civic culture is key to reduce violence, study finds

May 30, 2012
IDB-sponsored study explores how changes in civic culture are needed to achieve long-term success in mitigating violence Any successful strategy to prevent violence should include measures to recognize and change behaviors prompted by beliefs, emotions and cultural factors, according to a new study sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Haiti: from the playing fields to the workplace

March 24, 2011
A youth job-training program seeks to turn sport skills into employment opportunities Can the abilities and the discipline required to succeed in sports translate into better economic prospects for disadvantaged young people, such as getting a steady job or setting up their own business? Robert “Boby” Duval, president of Fondation L’Athlétique d’Haïti, is betting it can work in his ravaged country.

A roof for Haiti

July 13, 2010
GRAND GOAVE, Haiti – Maryse Auguste says she’s happy with her new home, a tidy, one-room shelter built after the January 12 earthquake by young volunteers of Un Techo Para Mi País (Spanish for A Roof for My Country), a nongovernmental organization specialized in providing temporary housing to the desperately poor in 16 Latin American countries.

Back in business

May 27, 2010
This season’s first shipments of organic mangos from the Carifresh fruit packing plant left for the United States the last week of April, almost two months later than usual. But this is not a normal season.

Hope for Haiti

April 12, 2010
Haiti produces some of the world’s best mangoes but around half of the crop is lost before it reaches markets. Only about 10 percent of the fruit is exported. And, paradoxically for a country with 10 million mango trees, Haiti imports mango juice.

Helping Haiti rise again

March 17, 2010
On January 12 Haiti suffered one of the worst natural disasters recorded in world history. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the capital, Port-au-Prince, and several cities, towns and villages, leaving more than 230,000 people dead and some 1.5 million homeless. The ensuing humanitarian emergency and the devastating damage caused by the quake are likely to demand massive international assistance for many years to come.

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.

A bountiful device

May 22, 2009
Before the project started in 2005, the fishermen of Petit Paradis were too poor to eat their own catch. Now, a clever device has some fishermen making hundreds of dollars a week. The big change is the advent of FAD, for “fish aggregating device.” FAD is a submerged structure of long cables that attracts plankton and small fish, which in turn lure bigger fish.

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.