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.
March 20, 2006
Agriculture alone can't put an end to rural poverty. That is one of the conclusions of the studies directed by Hans Cansen, researcher and Central American coordinator, and Shenggen Fan, director of government and development strategies at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Hans Cansen centered his study on three Central American countries: Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. His goal was to describe the assets of rural populations in order to understand their impact on economic growth and living standards and propose strategies for rural investment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 01, 2004
By Paul Constance, San Pedro Sula, HondurasDepending on whom you ask, San Pedro Sula’s water system is either a remarkable success or a cautionary tale. The basic facts are not in dispute. Between 1999 and 2003, the number of homes with residential water service in San Pedro Sula increased from 84 percent to 93 percent, thanks to the installation of 13,600 new connections. The proportion of tap water receiving proper sanitary treatment rose from 22 percent to 80 percent. Water pressure and continuity increased throughout the system.
February 19, 2004
Agriculture’s performance and its contribution to economic development has traditionally been undervalued, according to a recent study commissioned by the Inter-Agency Working Group for Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. As measured by Agricultural Gross Domestic Product, agriculture only includes information about the sale of raw materials, mainly crops and livestock. Its upstream and downstream linkages with agroindustry, services and trade, are not considered, nor the value added generated by these linkages throughout the economy.
January 13, 2003
When a US grocery store chain wanted to buy a fresh shipment of oranges, peanuts or beef during the "off season," which country did it purchase those products from 10 years ago? And today? Most likely, the answer to both questions is not the same. In a seminar at IDB Headquarters, Pablo Sanguinetti of the University Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reported that US imports from the Mercosur region diminished significantly over the past 13 years, mainly as a consequence of the increase in imports from the US's NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico.