World-class hospital

June 01, 1997
Southern Chile's legendary earthquake of 1960 killed hundreds of people and damaged countless buildings, including the Regional Hospital of Valdivia, where the three top floors of the eight-story building had to be closed. Today, a state-of-the-art hospital has finally replaced temporary facilities that were built in the aftermath of the earthquake. The new hospital was one of four in northern, central and southern Chile built partly with funds from a $70 million IDB health services loan approved in 1991.

Sugar and rice output booms

June 01, 1997
Seven years ago, the economy of Guyana was in a shambles. Sugar and rice production, which accounted for half of the country's exports and foreign exchange, had dropped by half in just four years. One-fourth of the country's agricultural equipment and machinery was out of commission due to lack of foreign exchange to buy spare parts. It was a vicious circle: the lower the production and exports, the less foreign exchange was available to buy spare parts and machinery, further reducing production.

Improving public management in Bolivia

June 01, 1997
LOANS Bolivia $7 million from the Fund for Special Operations to improve public investment programming and preinvestment management at the departmental and municipal levels. The project, to be carried out by the Secretaría de Inversión Pública, will help implement the National Public Investment System, which will demand efficiency in the programming of public investments. The project will include Bolivia's nine departments and 11 of the principal municipal governments, including all departmental capitals. Costa Rica

Extending rural education in Costa Rica

June 01, 1997
LOANS Bolivia $7 million from the Fund for Special Operations to improve public investment programming and preinvestment management at the departmental and municipal levels. The project, to be carried out by the Secretaría de Inversión Pública, will help implement the National Public Investment System, which will demand efficiency in the programming of public investments. The project will include Bolivia's nine departments and 11 of the principal municipal governments, including all departmental capitals. Costa Rica

Social assistance in Jamaica

June 01, 1997
LOANS Bolivia $7 million from the Fund for Special Operations to improve public investment programming and preinvestment management at the departmental and municipal levels. The project, to be carried out by the Secretaría de Inversión Pública, will help implement the National Public Investment System, which will demand efficiency in the programming of public investments. The project will include Bolivia's nine departments and 11 of the principal municipal governments, including all departmental capitals. Costa Rica

Modernizing health care in Paraguay

June 01, 1997
LOANS Bolivia $7 million from the Fund for Special Operations to improve public investment programming and preinvestment management at the departmental and municipal levels. The project, to be carried out by the Secretaría de Inversión Pública, will help implement the National Public Investment System, which will demand efficiency in the programming of public investments. The project will include Bolivia's nine departments and 11 of the principal municipal governments, including all departmental capitals. Costa Rica

Management training for civil servants

June 01, 1997
LOANS Bolivia $7 million from the Fund for Special Operations to improve public investment programming and preinvestment management at the departmental and municipal levels. The project, to be carried out by the Secretaría de Inversión Pública, will help implement the National Public Investment System, which will demand efficiency in the programming of public investments. The project will include Bolivia's nine departments and 11 of the principal municipal governments, including all departmental capitals. Costa Rica

Private investment in São Paulo's transportation sector

June 01, 1997
LOANS Bolivia $7 million from the Fund for Special Operations to improve public investment programming and preinvestment management at the departmental and municipal levels. The project, to be carried out by the Secretaría de Inversión Pública, will help implement the National Public Investment System, which will demand efficiency in the programming of public investments. The project will include Bolivia's nine departments and 11 of the principal municipal governments, including all departmental capitals. Costa Rica

Sweet ambition

March 01, 1994
María de los Angeles Retana Gentillini has big plans for her small-scale confectionary business in a suburb of San José, Costa Rica.The 45-year-old homemaker and mother of five started making and selling homemade candies when her husband, Manuel, left for the United States to find work. "I was here by myself and trying to figure out something I could do to earn money," she says.Retana was bringing in a small income as a street vendor, but that kep her away from her home and children too much. She decided to make and sell sweets.