Improving the business climate in the Caribbean

March 25, 2011
Several IDB programs are helping the region diversify its economy and attract new investments The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is financing several programs to improve the business environment, foster diversification and enhance competitiveness in the Caribbean.

Income inequality increases the probability of being emotionally depressed, IDB study says

September 22, 2010
Income inequality can increase the probability of being emotionally depressed, particularly among people living in urban areas, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

When water and climate converge

March 20, 2010
In Latin America, water is more tightly linked to human potential and economic competitiveness than in any other part of the world. The region has roughly 31 percent of the planet´s freshwater resources, while holding only 8 percent of its population. This huge water advantage enables Latin America to get a 68 percent of all its electricity from hydroelectric sources, compared to a global average of less than 16 percent.

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).

Life in an uncertain climate

December 07, 2009
Climate change has the potential to undermine many of the advances in social and economic development that Latin American and Caribbean countries have made in recent decades. With support from the IDB, the region’s governments are designing strategies for adapting to different climate change scenarios, applying new technologies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and redoubling efforts to achieve sustainable development. Threats to the region

What is needed to ensure universal access to water and sanitation services in Latin America?

October 30, 2009
At the IDB, we believe there are four main challenges: attracting new investment; ensuring the quality, quantity and reliability of water resources; strengthening the institutions responsible for planning, regulation and monitoring; and improving the efficiency of operators of these services. To help countries in the region achieve universal access to sustainable, reliable, reasonable quality  services, in 2007 the Bank launched the Water and Sanitation Initiative.

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.