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.

Water for the future

December 14, 2008
At the far southern margins of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, the normal sequence of residential development has been turned on its head. Typically, the low-income neighborhoods that spring up on the outskirts of Latin America’s biggest cities follow a dismal pattern. First come the squatters who erect improvised shelters. Eventually the municipality plows basic dirt roads and individual families make structural improvements to their homes. Years later electricity cables and even telephone connections are installed.

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.

A clean source, forever

November 01, 2003
A drive up to the source of southern Quito’s new water service can be a remarkable experience. On a cloudless day, the brilliant snowcapped dome of Mt. Antisana, a 5,705-meter volcano, is clearly visible from downtown Quito. To reach it requires a two-hour drive past cultivated fields, rows of greenhouses, small villages and scattered stands of eucalyptus trees. Eventually the road zigzags up a series of steep hills and skirts a colossal tongue of hardened lava.

A fair price

November 01, 2003
Visit Isla Trinitaria, a teeming island slum off the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, and you will soon notice that every dwelling, no matter how precarious, is paired with a rectangular concrete box around one-foot high. Inside the box is a brand-new, state-of-the-art water meter.

Environmental and social safeguards in place for Camisea

October 09, 2003
To assure protection of the ecologically fragile region where the production and processing plants of the Camisea natural gas project are being built in Peru, the IDB has established environmental and social requirements and monitoring and supervising the entire project, not just the pipeline the Bank is helping to finance. The IDB's participation in the project has spurred positive measures that will make Paracas bay --where ships will load Camisea's natural gas liquid products-- cleaner than it was before the project began.