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. 

Villa La Angostura’s rebirth

November 07, 2012
Mother Nature has mysterious ways—it can create incredible beauty and it can also turn it into an instant nightmare. That is exactly what happened in idyllic Villa La Angostura, a popular winter ski destination and summer lake resort in Argentina’s Patagonia that ended up covered by thousands of tons of ashes when the nearby Puyehue volcano erupted in June 2011.

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.

Rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon discover the value of sustainable management

June 19, 2012
Communities diversify income through increased access to new techniques that promote better use of natural resources and less deforestation

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).

Renewable energy to power irrigation in the Atacama desert

December 15, 2011
With support from the IDB, Subsole will be the first company in Chile’s fruit industry to use solar photovoltaic energy The Atacama desert is the driest place on earth and the region with the highest solar radiation on the planet. That’s where Subsole, one of the Chile’s largest locally owned exporters of table fruits, is planning its future growth, and it will use the power of solar energy and energy efficiency to achieve its goal.

Tourism on the rise

November 01, 2011
Since 1994, the IDB has contributed to the creation of more than one million jobs by providing support during the different stages of the Tourism Development Program (PRODETUR) The Inter-American Development Bank has made important contributions to the development of Brazil’s tourism industry since 2004 with its support for the Northeast Tourism Development Program (PRODETUR Nordeste I).

Showing how solar power could work for Brazil

May 26, 2011
IDB grant to provide electricity for 1,500 homes and roadmap to spark investment in solar power in Latin America and the Caribbean With the rise in energy demand in Latin America and Caribbean over the last decade and growing pressure to tackle climate change related issues, countries in the region are looking to solar and other renewable energies.

Innovative community participation supports program to fight environmental degradation of Brazil’s Atlantic forest

April 25, 2011
IDB helps promote conservation and provide better housing conditions for more than 8,000 families, many of them living in high-risk hillsides in Serra do Mar A $470 million project backed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo is seeking to protect what is left of the Atlantic forest while ensuring better livelihoods for the local communities. One of the key components of the project is to move residents to safer areas.

The IDB and the 2014 World Cup cities

April 25, 2011
Integrated urban development and social programs in Brazil The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has had a long relationship with the 12 Brazilian cities that will host the World Cup in 2014. From 2000 to the date of the event, these cities will have received Bank investments of more than $10 billion. This partnership between the IDB and Brazil includes initiatives in urban development, transportation, sanitation, housing, and social programs.