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.

Microfinance Ranking Championship League 2008

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.

Innovations in Tourism

October 08, 2008
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IDB celebrates 100th anniversary, restoration of Buenos Aires' historic Teatro Colón

May 20, 2008
In celebration of the centennial and restoration of Buenos Aires' Teatro Colón (Colón Theater), one of the world’s greatest opera houses, the IDB is hosting a lecture by its director, Dr. Horacio Sanguinetti, on Wednesday, May 21st, as well as an art and photography exhibit, opening the same day. The restoration of Teatro Colón is a $25 million project, partially financed by the IDB through a $400 million loan approved in 1998, to support the fiscal reform of the city of Buenos Aires.

IDB Fund supports efforts to promote municipal markets

February 13, 2008
New tendencies in consumer spending and ways of doing business in urban areas are affecting and risking the existence of small retail markets, also called central markets, which are facing the challenges of modernization. In an effort to improve the socioeconomic environment of urban centers in Latin America and the Caribbean, the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund commissioned a study on retail municipal markets in the context of attaining urban development objectives.

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.

Without accessibility many opportunities get lost

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.

Don’t turn your back on Mother Nature

March 04, 2005
Between 1981 and 2000, Central and South America were the areas in the world  with the highest number of fatalities caused by natural disasters. The region accounted for over 100,000 deaths, more than 90 percent of the total recorded fatalities worldwide. Damage was estimated at a cost of around $24.2 billion, according to  the Landslide Observatory in the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology at the University of Maryland and the International Landslide Centre at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.

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.

Archaeological excavations in Copán confirm Maya legends

November 08, 2004
Among the Maya ruins of Copán in western Honduras is a carved stone alter depicting the 16 rulers of the Maya kingdom of Copán. Mythical founder Yax Kuk Mo is shown passing a scepter-like symbol of power to the last ruler, Yax Pasah, who commissioned the altar in the 6 th century, some 200 years after the dynasty founder was said to have arrived in Copán from another city in Mesoamerica.