Money isn't everything

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
Despite the fact that Latin America has the worst income distribution in the world and high levels of poverty measured by income, the region compares favorably with other parts of the developing world when it comes to health and education. A new Human Poverty Index (HPI), produced by the United Nations Development Programme and published in the UNDP's Human Development Report 1997, shows that eight Latin American and Caribbean nations rank among the top 10 in a survey of the 78 developing nations for which there is sufficient information.

Brazil in three dimensions

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
Fifty-two pieces by 19 outstanding 20th century Brazilian sculptors have gone on display in the IDB Cultural Center Art Gallery and the IDB building's atrium.Including large-scale works, such as Maria Martins' 300-kilogram bronze Impossível, the exhibit "Brazilian sculpture from 1920 to 1990: a profile," is the most ambitious undertaking of the IDB Cultural Center to date, according to its director, Ana María Coronel de Rodríguez. The showing was produced with the collaboration of the office of the IDB's executive director for Brazil and Brazil's Washington embassy.

The fruit of foresight

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
Travelers flying over the arid flatlands of the Monagas and Anzoategui provinces in eastern Venezuela are often startled by the sight of an immense patch of green. They are looking at one of the world's largest tree plantations: close to 500,000 hectares of Caribbean pine. Owned by Productos Forestales del Oriente, C.A. (PROFORCA), a Venezuelan government company, the plantation is the product of an ambitious project that began nearly 30 years ago.

Flower farmer turns millionaire

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
Every woman who stops at "El Gran Parqueo" Restaurant, which opened in March near Naranjo, Costa Rica, gets a bouquet of red roses courtesy of owner Tobías Chaves Rojas. "The ladies leave here happy and contented," he says.

River blindness in retreat

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
When Merck & Co., the United States pharmaceutical giant, announced 10 years ago that it had found a drug that could prevent onchocerciasis, one of the leading causes of blindness in Latin America and Africa, and that it would donate the medicine "wherever needed for as long as needed," it appeared that the last barrier to conquering this disease had fallen.

Stories with a special message

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
Winning a literary competition can be the defining moment in a writer's career, offering much-needed assurance that a personal vision is meaningful to others. In Argentina last March, 18 young writers experienced the thrill of recognition, receiving diplomas and medals for short stories that were selected from among 534 entries in a national competition.

Improving education in Panama

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
LOANS Panama: $58.1 million to help improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of education from preschool to 12th grade. The resources will enable the Ministry of Education to modernize curricula, train teachers, develop and acquire learning materials, establish better evaluation and management systems, and improve efficiency. Special emphasis will be placed on making basic education more accessible and relevant to indigenous and rural communities with the participation of parents' associations.

Strenghthening the Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
LOANS Panama: $58.1 million to help improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of education from preschool to 12th grade. The resources will enable the Ministry of Education to modernize curricula, train teachers, develop and acquire learning materials, establish better evaluation and management systems, and improve efficiency. Special emphasis will be placed on making basic education more accessible and relevant to indigenous and rural communities with the participation of parents' associations.

Training federal and state employees in Brazil

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
LOANS Panama: $58.1 million to help improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of education from preschool to 12th grade. The resources will enable the Ministry of Education to modernize curricula, train teachers, develop and acquire learning materials, establish better evaluation and management systems, and improve efficiency. Special emphasis will be placed on making basic education more accessible and relevant to indigenous and rural communities with the participation of parents' associations.

Job placement in Belize

Tuesday, July 1, 1997 - 03:00
LOANS Panama: $58.1 million to help improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of education from preschool to 12th grade. The resources will enable the Ministry of Education to modernize curricula, train teachers, develop and acquire learning materials, establish better evaluation and management systems, and improve efficiency. Special emphasis will be placed on making basic education more accessible and relevant to indigenous and rural communities with the participation of parents' associations.