Young people with big ideas that transform society

March 14, 2013
Participate and follow us on Twitter using @bidjuventud How does one solve old problems? With new ideas PANAMA CITY – We must listen to the voices of young people, with their fresh ideas and their plans for the future. And especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region with the world’s youngest population, where the average age is only 27.

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.

Video art mirrors Latin American socioeconomic issues

December 04, 2006
The IDB Cultural Center opens its Third Inter-American Biennial of Video Art Exhibit on December 4 to broaden the discussion of economic and social issues in Latin America and the Caribbean through the creative channel of video art and documentaries.  This new video art exhibit, which runs through January 19, displays a great deal of diversity and offers different visions of current issues in the region, ranging from  faulty social policies and chaotic cities to ecological disasters.

Latinos from the Far East

March 01, 2006
By Charo QuesadaWhen Mexicans or Panamanians say they are “going to the Chino for groceries” they are not talking about some Chinese individual that happened to open a business around the corner from where they live. In their countries, the Chinese store has become an institution with a long tradition, providing a large and convenient selection of basic products, at low cost and with convenient business hours.

Art at the gates of paradise

September 16, 2005
An aesthetic view of Earth and oral tradition merge in a new art exhibition honoring the Guaraní world, At the Gates of Paradaise: Art of the Guaraní of Paraguay . The IDB Cultural Center has prepared the exhibition to pay tribute to the outgoing IDB President, Enrique. V. Iglesias, who 13 years ago conceived the idea of creating the Center amid widespread skepticism.

Latin America art at the 51st Venice Biennale

June 10, 2005
The Venice Biennale is one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in the world, an event of fundamental importance to measure the advancement of the visual arts in the contemporary world, and a forum of discussion for the various concerns affecting their development.

Latin American art with Japanese roots

February 01, 2005
By Roger HamiltonThe Japanese immigrants who swept into Latin America at the turn of the 20th century were no different than those of other origins. Poor, out of opportunities and often out of luck, they saw the Americas as a land of hope and opportunity. Most of the newcomers were farmers, and they were content to work on plantations, first in Peru, and then in other countries, primarily Brazil. Many hoped that after a few years they could return to their homeland. Most remained.

From campesino to exporter

September 03, 2004
A hard-working Paraguayan, a good idea and a start-up $500 loan come together in this rags-to-riches story of a non-Spanish speaker who started selling fruit in his hometown and ended up venturing successfully in the export business. In Guayaibí, one of the poorest and most conflicted-ridden areas of Paraguay, Antonio Bogado started planting bananas and pineapples on a piece of land that belonged to his parents. Initially sold the fruit in nearby areas and later in Asunción, and soon saw himself exporting to Argentina and Uruguay.

Loss of regional trade union leader

November 20, 2003
IDB management and staff mourn the loss of Luis Anderson, General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions' (ICFTU) Regional Organization for the Americas (ORIT), who passed away this week. In his 20 years in that position, Anderson worked to marshal support for core labor standards, human rights and efforts to lift millions in Latin America and the Caribbean out of poverty.

A century of painting in Panama

November 06, 2003
The IDB celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Panama with an exhibition that presents 29 paintings by 25 Panamanian artists. “To celebrate the century that Panama has been a nation is to celebrate the youngest of all the young republics of Latin America. Like all nations, Panama is a complex and collective creation, so what could better represent it than the dimension of creativity that is the freest of all: the arts,” said Mirna Liévano de Marques, IDB External Relations Advisor.