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.

Jamaica’s New Prime Minister Committed to Reaching the Majority

June 19, 2006
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, the first woman to lead her country’s government, plans to invest more in early childhood education, basic shelter and job training to help improve the lives of the disadvantaged in her island nation.

A home-grown solution for Latin America’s water crisis

March 01, 2006
By Luis Alberto Moreno*As delegates gathered at the IV World Water Forum in Mexico City earlier this month, many were asking whether the private sector still has a role to play in solving the critical sanitation problems of the developing world.

More growth or less inequality?

September 20, 2005
Increased investment, low inflation, an improved fiscal situation, decreased unemployment. Latin America and the Caribbean have been hearing plenty of good news the past 18 months. A group of renowned economists analyzed the situation at a seminar hosted by the IDB Research Department to honor IDB President Enrique V. Iglesias, who will retire on September 30. Iglesias himself opened the seminar, which was chaired by IDB Chief Economist Guillermo Calvo, with the participation of Ricardo Hausmann, Michael Mussa, José Antonio Ocampo and John Williamson.

Donors pledge support to assist Latin American countries in CAFTA-DR trade agreement to improve compliance of labor standards

July 20, 2005
Donors pledged their support to assist six Latin American countries participating in the CAFTA-DR free trade agreement with the United States in improving the compliance and enforcement of international and national labor standards and legislation. Delegations from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua met with donors at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC to discuss their strategic priorities and specific goals they want to accomplish regarding labor law compliance and institutional strengthening.

Don’t turn your back on Mother Nature

March 04, 2005
Between 1981 and 2000, Central and South America were the areas in the world  with the highest number of fatalities caused by natural disasters. The region accounted for over 100,000 deaths, more than 90 percent of the total recorded fatalities worldwide. Damage was estimated at a cost of around $24.2 billion, according to  the Landslide Observatory in the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology at the University of Maryland and the International Landslide Centre at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.

Environmental action as a source of revenue

February 18, 2005
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes effect on Feb. 16, brings Latin America and the Caribbean an opportunity to link sustainable economic development with environmental protection. Under the Kyoto Protocol, roughly 30 of the world’s industrialized nations have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by the year 2012.

Service worth the price

September 01, 2004
By Paul Constance, Puerto Cortés“He transformed a malodorous swamp into a modern and progressive city.” That’s how a leading Honduran daily recently summed up the political legacy of Marlon Lara, a young mayor who has run the Caribbean city of Puerto Cortés since 1994. But while “malodorous swamp” might be a metaphor for any number of social ills, the newspaper was referring, literally, to water and sanitation projects that became the hallmark of Lara’s administration.

A helping hand

July 23, 2004
About $2 billion of Bolivia's external debt have been forgiven under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC), a debt relief program launched by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in 1996 and agreed upon by governments around the world. Bolivia has been granted the highest level of debt relief in Latin America under HIPC while three other countries qualify for the program: Guyana, Honduras and Nicaragua.