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.

Measuring the opposite of corruption

January 26, 2006
In many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, corruption is reluctantly accepted as part of the political workings of government, as an inevitable occurrence among those in power. However while everyone is well aware of its pervasiveness, the extent of corruption remains difficult to measure accurately, for it is hard to gauge what cannot be seen.

The impact of the press on good governance

August 17, 2005
Unlike radio and television broadcasting or the Internet, the written press provides more detailed analysis of the news. It thus serves as a “ guide for citizens and authorities to attain good governance,” said the President of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), Alejandro Miró Quesada. Speaking at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, the Peruvian journalist and lawyer discussed the relationship between journalism and governance in Latin America and the Caribbean.

A New Government for the XXI Century

March 10, 2005
These past ten years have seen many changes in the national and international level, a great improvement in women health, education, professional and intellectual development, citizen rights, and even women have won more positions in the government, allowing women such as Epsy Campbell to serve directly and with more influence to her fellow Costa Ricans. However, she recognizes that for her, as well as for many other women, enjoying those rights was not easy because in the personal level many times these changes can not be seen.

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.

Not quite equal under the law

January 01, 2005
By Charo Quesada On paper, Latin America is almost a model of equitable and gender-neutral justice. Nearly all governments in the region have signed and ratified international agreements guaranteeing access to the courts and equality under the law, regardless of sex.

The cost of conflict

November 21, 2003
How much does it cost a country like Peru if business owners don't trust its own justice and conflict resolution systems? Somewhere between $65-200 million per year in gross domestic product, according to a recently published IDB study. Alvaro Herrero and Keith Henderson, co-authors of The Cost of Conflict Resolution for Small Businesses, came up with that estimate after surveying and interviewing owners of medium, small and micro businesses, judicial system officials, economists, bankers and public officials across Peru.

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.

Promoting citizen participation and ethics in IDB projects

September 30, 2003
Six IDB projects in Mexico and Central America were analyzed during a recent workshop on social capital, ethics and development. The goal of the workshop, held at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C., was to further integrate social participation and an ethical dimension as components of development projects. The event was attended by 43 specialists from the Bank and other international organizations.