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    This blog highlights effective ideas in the fight against poverty and exclusion, and analyzes the impact of development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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    Would you leave your children home alone while at work?

    By - 7 de October de 2016, 7:00 am

    By Claudia Piras

    Free daycare services do not ensure a significant increase in women’s participation in the labor market. Why? The results of an after-school activities program in Chile may have the answer.

    Picture: IDB

    Picture: IDB

    What is the most common reason given by women when asked why they are not looking for a job? Just what you might think: because they have to take care of their children.

    This was the answer given by almost 40 percent of non-working mothers of children under 14 surveyed as part of a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study in Chile. The results can be viewed in the IDB’s Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO), an annual publication by the Bank that describes what works–and what doesn’t–in development.  Read more…

    Cows and kilowatts: opportunities for development

    By - 20 de October de 2015, 7:00 am

    by Jesús Tejeda

    A program in Ecuador is a classic example of how electrification in isolated rural and urban areas can raise living standards and boost economic growth.

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    Each morning at 4 a.m. as the cocks begin to crow, women in the Prado communities of Ecuador’s Pichincha province put on their woolen pants, wrap-around shawls, and bowler hats, and head into the hilly pastures to milk their cows. Read more…

    When Cholera Strikes: A Coordinated Emergency and Longer-Term Response

    By - 13 de October de 2015, 7:00 am

    by Meri Helleranta

    A rapid response and partnerships between the Haitian Government and key institutions, including the IDB, helped to curb the cholera epidemic, decreasing the number of new cases per week from 14,000 in January 2011 to fewer than 1,000 a year later.

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    Image: IDB

    Five years ago, in October 2010, Haiti was hit by a serious  cholera epidemic. Coming only nine months after the traumatic earthquake, the fast-spreading diarrheal disease—with the ability to kill its victims in just 24 hours—prompted panic.  Within a month, there were over 11,000 confirmed cases and 180 casualties, and those numbers were growing exponentially. Read more…

    Knowledge without borders

    By - 30 de September de 2015, 7:00 am

    by Joaquim Tres

    Training and reducing trade costs improve regional integration and competitiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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    Image: iStock

    Truck driver Eduardo Escobar regularly drives his containers across the border between El Salvador and Honduras at the El Amatillo crossing. Just like him, 200  truck drivers cross the border each day. But while carrying out the required customs procedures used to take them five hours of waiting under sweltering heat, now it takes them just five minutes. Central American truckers now don’t even have to get out of their vehicles at the border: They just wait for the computerized system to give them the green light, and continue on their way. Read more… Opening a world of opportunities for small- and medium-size companies

    By - 28 de May de 2015, 12:01 am

    By Fabrizio Opertti*

    ConnectAmericas is a web platform that connects SMEs from Latin America and the Caribbean to expand their businesses.

    Connecting online SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Visit:

    Connecting online SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Visit:

    Heneka Watkis-Porter’s life was all about spice. And she wanted to make it even spicier. The Jamaican entrepreneur runs a company that makes sauces and other condiments typical of her Caribbean island nation, and she wanted to grow. Naturally, that meant exporting to larger markets. Going international is a challenge for any company, but even tougher for a small firm like that of Watkis-Porter. With limited human resources and financing, and not knowing much about foreign markets, how could she pull off such a feat? Where would she even begin?

    At an international business roundtable held by the FINPYME program of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, part of the Inter-American Development Bank, Watkis- Porter, who heads a company called 10 Fyah Side, learned about, a novel, business-oriented social network that allows people to make contacts, take courses online to learn to export or create a business plan and find out about financing options. Read more…