Young people with big ideas that transform society

March 14, 2013
Participate and follow us on Twitter using @bidjuventud How does one solve old problems? With new ideas PANAMA CITY – We must listen to the voices of young people, with their fresh ideas and their plans for the future. And especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region with the world’s youngest population, where the average age is only 27.

How to improve math learning in public schools

March 04, 2013
With Such Bleak Math Scores in Paraguay, Do Methods Matter? The answer to the question posed in the title is a most definite yes. In Paraguay’s Cordillera province, you can see why. The best part of the day for preschoolers at Escuela Básica 201 is when the teacher plays Tikichuela. Students stand up and form a circle and then the music starts. They jump, they sing, they play with objects of different sizes and forms. And they count, in both Spanish and Guarani.

Mayas, the flight through time

December 19, 2012
A new documentary shows how a 3,500-year-old culture remains vibrant in Mesoamerica When the Mayan people abandoned their cities of gleaming limestone in the 9th century AD, they took with them something far more enduring than monuments: They took their culture.  Over the centuries, as the forest reclaimed these vast temple complexes, the descendents of this great civilization continued to speak their ancestral languages, find meaning in the same cosmology, and even eat the same foods. 

Civic culture is key to reduce violence, study finds

May 30, 2012
IDB-sponsored study explores how changes in civic culture are needed to achieve long-term success in mitigating violence Any successful strategy to prevent violence should include measures to recognize and change behaviors prompted by beliefs, emotions and cultural factors, according to a new study sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

PROEMPLEO: turning challenges into jobs in Honduras

December 20, 2011
A win-win-win program for the government, the private sector and youth SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Until not too long ago, Rony Barahona used to wake up at 4 am every day to join the lines of job seekers outside factories in the outskirts of this city, the Honduran industrial capital. Although smart and able-bodied, the 21-year-old would return home empty handed, with no money to support himself or his beloved mother.

Fact Sheet: IDB and Youth Employment

December 20, 2011
Challenges of youth unemployment and underemployment Despite the relatively high economic growth Latin America and the Caribbean has experienced over the past few years, a significant portion of its population remains in poverty, including a large percentage of youth.

Paraguay and the IDB: partners in development

December 15, 2011
Paraguay is a founding member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Bank’s partner in development Through an ongoing process of cooperation, financing has been provided to the Paraguay to carry out major works, which have spurred the country’s economy. This year, the Bank’s portfolio of projects in execution in Paraguay totals 27 sovereign guarantee operations for $755.27 million, of which $445.9 million are pending disbursement.

Women entrepreneurs: too often trapped in the microenterprise ghetto

October 05, 2011
Innovative approaches can boost women’s economic presence among small business owners in Latin America and the Caribbean Over the past three decades, women in Latin America and the Caribbean have dramatically increased their role in the workforce. Currently, about half of women in the region are economically active, more than double the level in the 1970s. They have been elected presidents of several Latin American countries and often dominate the microenterprise and microfinance sector, providing an important contribution to regional economies.

IDB backs base-of-the-pyramid business models in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 09, 2011
Projects aim to boost income and improve quality of life of low-income people with companies, governments and NGOs The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is teaming up with companies, governments and non-governmental organizations in novel projects to generate new business models that provide low-income people in Latin America and the Caribbean with quality goods and services, improved earning opportunities and enhanced living standards.

Colombia expands its renewable energy production

February 14, 2011
Porce III Hydroelectric Plant increases country’s installed generating capacity by 5% Colombians will have greater access to clean energy as a result of the recent inauguration of the Porce III Hydroelectric Plant, which will add 660 megawatts to the country's energy matrix. The plant, built with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Empresas Públicas de Medellín(EPM), will increase Colombia’s installed power generating capacity by 5% and position EPM as the largest power company in the country.