Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

October 15, 2012
Even with more education than men, women are still concentrated in lower-paid occupations such as teaching, health care or the service sector. When comparing men and women of the same age and educational level, men earn 17 percent more than women in Latin America.

A life beyond crime

August 27, 2012
A Jamaican citizen security program targets women involved in gangs For Pauline Crooks, quitting the Montego Bay gang that had helped her to put food on the table for six years wasn’t a quick or an easy decision. The single mother of three continued showing up at her “workplace”— where the gangsters ran lottery scams—even after she joined a parenting course offered by the Citizen Security and Justice Program (CSJP), an initiative launched in 2007 by Jamaica’s government to bring down crime in the island’s most violent communities.

Young Agents of Change

August 12, 2010
When Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete, a Chilean, was in his twenties, he decided to protect the blue whale, this magnificent and endangered marine mammal. With the support of other young people, the marine biologist began a struggle that continues today to ensure that the Chilean government declared the coastal waters south of the country a protected area. "Things are changing", says a satisfied Hucke-Gaete.

Beyond the soccer fields

July 05, 2010
What does the U.S. winning goal at the end of its match with Algeria in the World Cup have to do with youth employment in Latin America? Or what does the composure with which the English goalkeeper accepted a referee’s mistake that cost his team the victory have to do with the self-esteem of adolescents in Brazil? 

Sports: An opportunity for youth in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 18, 2010
Yes, practicing sports can improve lives of young people and give them hope for a brighter future. Many of the 83 million children and youth living in poverty in the Latin American and Caribbean region are victims of violence and social exclusion. In Latin America, 9.5 million young people aged 15 to 24 do not have jobs. Sports can play a key role in promoting a range of development objectives from self-esteem and team work at the personal level to conflict resolution, violence prevention, and social inclusion at the community level.

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.

Venture capital for low-income markets

February 26, 2009
Investing in housing, healthcare, education, basic utilities and nutrition can not only fulfill a social mission, but it can also be a profitable business venture. This is the concept of IGNIA Fund, which will channel venture capital resources to fund commercially viable growth companies serving the “base of the pyramid,” those persons in Latin America and the Caribbean earning less than $3,260 a year. The IGNIA Fund selects projects with the potential to be expanded on a larger scale, thereby increasing the social and economic impact.

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases receives $34 million from Gates Foundation

January 30, 2009
Dramatic improvements in health care and living conditions have led Latin America and the Caribbean to swift epidemiological changes and a predominance of non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart problems. But paradoxically, preventable infectious diseases continue to afflict the poorest and most vulnerable populations.

Brazilian soap operas shown to impact social behaviors

January 29, 2009
Long known for showcasing stunning beaches, charismatic characters and realistic depictions of the lives and aspirations of the middle class, Brazilian soap operas have helped shape women’s views on divorce and childbearing in critical ways, two recent studies by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) show.

Inter-American Development Bank named Best Multilateral by LatinFinance

November 07, 2008
LatinFinance, the leading source of financial market intelligence for the Latin American and the Caribbean, named the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as the best multilateral institution this year. LatinFinance praised the bank’s efforts to finance the largest ongoing infra-structure projects in the region, highlighting the bank’s innovative lending instruments.