March 03, 2014
In the Colombian town of Apartadó, women are shaping a new beginning after years of violence Bullets, poverty, and unemployment have taken a big toll on many locations in Colombia. Take Apartadó, for example—a 167,000 people municipality in northwestern Colombia ravaged by a fierce, decades-old guerrilla war that has forced a large portion of its population to leave. Fully 60 percent of those who have chosen to stay barely scrape a living below the poverty line.
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.
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.
October 08, 2008
By Matthew Gerhrke, Renso Martinez and Maria Cecilia Rondon, Microfinance Information Exchange, INC. (MIX)Microfinance in Latin America and the Caribbean skyrocketed in 2007, fueled by booming demand for financial services from microentrepreneurs in the region’s fastgrowing economies along with new funding in both debt and deposit. The region and its microfinance institutions (MFIs) remained in the forefront of attractive investment opportunities.
October 08, 2008
POR DIEGO FONSECA
October 15, 2007
Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, has experienced a remarkable revival over the past 15 years that has radically transformed a city formerly known for its high crime rates, traffic jams, privatized public spaces and an absence of citizen culture, into a successful case of urban development through sound public management and civic culture promotion. This urban transformation—now an example for other Latin American cities—is rendered visually in “Bogotá: The Proud Revival of a City,” a traveling exhibit at the IDB.
October 21, 2005
More than 10% of the Latin American population suffers some type of disability. This situation requires the creation of public and private spaces and facilities that are accessible to all. A group of IDB experts in public transportation, urban development and social development recently devised operational guidelines on accessibility in urban development projects with universal design principles. They focus on creating access to public environments for all persons, independent of their physical and sensory characteristics.
February 01, 2005
By Sandra Milena Guinguer Pineda, Universidad Nacional, Medellín, Colombia Oil stains were a kind of emblem on the streets of Corazón de Jesús, a commercial neighborhood near downtown Medellín, Colombia. Sixty-five percent of the businesses there are dedicated to auto maintenance and repair, and periodic oil changes are a big part of every shop’s work.
November 01, 2002
By Roger Hamilton Driving south through Central America and into Panama’s province of Darién, the Pan American Highway turns to dirt, narrows, and then stops in the little community of Yaviza. Beyond lie the forests and waterways of the famous Darién Gap, the only break in the highway system that runs from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. The Darién might be the end of the road, but it’s in the vanguard of a global effort to achieve economic and social development and preserve a rich natural environment.