Ministers call for more financial and institutional support for culture industries in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 19, 2010
Cultural industries are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy, expanding at a projected rate of 8-10 percent over the coming decade. What does that mean for Latin America and the Caribbean?   The region has rich cultural heritage and dynamic cultural industries which continue to grow. But are countries doing enough to exploit the social and economic potential of the creative sector for development?

High taxes and evasion eroding economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 04, 2010
Complex tax systems and widespread evasion are distorting investment decisions by companies in Latin America and the Caribbean, reducing the efficiency of markets and preventing governments from investing in infrastructure, education and other key public goods. This hinders the productive possibilities of the region’s economies, according to a newly released study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Happiness and violence in Argentina: crime victims tend to favor more lenient measures

February 15, 2010
Are you happy? Did you smile yesterday? Increasingly economists are putting emotional questions like these at the heart of their studies in an attempt to uncover the links between happiness, human behavior, beliefs and policies.  Though crime has received relatively little attention in happiness research, a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank provides surprising insights: Victims of crime are no less happy than others.

Latin America and the Caribbean see slower growth in next four years

March 19, 2009
Latin American and Caribbean leaders expect per capita income to fall or grow moderately in the 2009–2012  period and governments to rely more on financing from international institutions, according to a survey by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The expectations contrast sharply with the recent economic performance in the region, where product per capita grew 4.1 percent annually in the past five years.

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.

Financial crisis seen lasting one to three years in Latin America and the Caribbean – Bankers poll

February 12, 2009
A majority of Latin American and Caribbean bankers expect the crisis in financial markets to last between one and three years, according to the results of a poll released today by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Latin American Bank Federation (FELABAN). More than 100 executives from large, mid-size and small banks from 19 Latin American and Caribbean countries took part in the survey conducted at the end of 2008, after the global financial crisis started to hit this region.

Facing the gathering storm

December 31, 2008
The past six years have been among the most glorious for Latin America’s once-fickle economies. Growth was fed by soaring commodity prices and generally more cautious fiscal policies. Almost 40 million individuals were swept above the poverty line. As the effects of the financial crisis in the United States and Europe deepen, Latin America and the Caribbean is bracing for the storm. Raw material prices are sharply lower and government budgets are tested.

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.

Countries need to spend more to prevent food crisis from deepening poverty

August 12, 2008
Latin American and Caribbean countries should strengthen social programs to alleviate the impact of higher food prices among 71 million poor people in the region, newly-released numbers on the potential impact of food prices by Inter-American Development Bank show. More than 26 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could fall into extreme poverty if food prices remain high, according to the IDB.