Women Forge a Future for Apartadó

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. 

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.

When a water meter is worth more than a house

July 01, 2006
BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA — When a woman in a shantytown calls the water company to complain about a ruptured pipe that is flooding her street, what kind of response should she expect?

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.

The day that water ran uphill

February 01, 2006
By Paul ConstanceThey called it the burroducto. Until a few years ago, it was the only source of potable water for tens of thousands of people who live on steep hills overlooking this historic Caribbean city. Informal vendors would use taps in the lower part of the city to fill large cans strapped to the backs of burros. After guiding the animals up dirt tracks and eroded gullies to the shantytowns, the vendors would sell the water for many times what it cost in the rich beachfront neighborhoods connected to the municipal water service.

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.