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.

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.

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.

Lighting up the barrio

June 10, 2004
It's hard for most people in the industrialized world to imagine life without basic utilities such as running water and electricity. But for many people living in Latin America and the Caribbean, access to such basic services is tenuous at best.

Aid in wake of deadly floods

May 27, 2004
According to news reports, hundreds of people are either dead or missing in communities along the arid southern border between these Caribbean countries. The floods triggered by several days of torrential rains have also left thousands homeless in some of the island's poorest areas. IDB country offices in Santo Domingo and Port au Prince are in touch with Dominican and Haitian authorities, as well as international donors, to assess their nations' immediate needs and identify available loan resources that could be applied to assist the recovery.