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    Rebuilding with Local Force: Response to Hurricane Sandy Strengthens Haitian Firms

    By - 10 de January de 2018, 7:00 am

    By Reinaldo Fioravanti and Alejandro Fros

    Haiti was still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake when Hurricane Sandy hit the island on October 23, 2012. The deadliest and most destructive storm of that year’s Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy caused enormous damage in Haiti, displacing 19,000 people and damaging or destroying more than 27,700 homes.

    Rebuilding Haiti

    Reconstruction of IDB Country Office in Haiti after the earthquake disaster. Image: IDB.

    Torrential rains caused landslides, eroded riverbanks, and damaged transport infrastructure, leaving many communities isolated. Haiti’s southern departments of Grand’Anse, Nippes, South, and Southeast were hardest hit.

    The government declared a state of emergency following the storm and requested IDB support to initiate reconstruction. Read more…

    Music as an Opportunity for Development: An Alternative Approach to Improve Lives of Young People in Venezuela

    By - 19 de October de 2017, 4:26 pm

    By Xiomara Alemán, Suzanne Duryea, Nancy Guerra, Patrick McEwan, Rodrigo Muñoz, Marco Stampini, and Ariel Williamson

    Who could have imagined four decades ago that a few Venezuelan musicians rehearsing in a garage would lay the foundation for a project that to date has enrolled millions of children and adolescents?

    But that’s just what the Venezuelan National System of Youth and Children’s Choirs and Orchestras (El Sistema) has done.

    Music as an Opportunity for Development

    Image: El Sistema.

    Founded in 1975 and administered by the Fundación Musical Simón Bolivar (Fundamusical), the program has received national and international awards honoring its musical and social initiatives. More than 25 countries have either completely or partially replicated the program. Some of those efforts have been supported by the IDB through technical cooperation grants.

    Despite its international reputation, however, El Sistema had never been subject to an impact evaluation to rigorously measure its benefits. Read more…

    Costa Rica is one step closer to being carbon-neutral

    By - 27 de July de 2017, 12:23 pm

    By Enrique Palacios

    Costa Rica’s Electric Partnership for Renewable Energy

    Carbon-neutral CR-L1009, CR-L1049 : Power Sector Development Program 2012-2016 (Reventazon Hydroelectric Project).ICE and the Ministry of Finance of Costa Rica, have requested to the IDB a Second Operation under the CCLIP CR-X1005, to finance investments for the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project (RHP).The Operation is consistent with the objective of the CCLIP CR-X1005 and is included in the Borrower's investment plan for the electricity sector.

    Construction of the Central America’s largest hydroelectric plant, which is powered by the Reventazón River. Image: IDB.

    Costa Rica’s ambitious goal to become one of the world’s first carbon-neutral nations by 2021 is a challenging task for a small country where a flourishing middle class is driving demand for more electricity.

    More and more Costa Ricans are moving into homes with modern conveniences that range from microwaves to internet access.

    To work toward its goal, Costa Rica has needed to find an environmentally friendly way to generate more renewable energy.

    One solution has come in the form of water power from Central America’s largest hydroelectric plant, Reventazón, which is powered by the Reventazón River, which flows from Costa Rica’s central highlands to the Caribbean Sea. Read more…

    Improving the Water Quality of the São Domingos River

    By - 20 de July de 2017, 9:41 am

    By Marcia Maria Silva Casseb

    Catanduva, the capital of Brazil’s ceiling fan industry, is located in the exuberant hinterland of the state of São Paulo and is home to 120,000 people.

    Catanduva is one of the most promising regional economic centers in Northern Sao Paulo, thanks to its bustling service industry and household appliance manufacturing industry. 

    Image: IDB.

    Image: IDB.

    In spite of Catanduva’s booming economy, for decades the city neglected one of its most valuable resources, the São Domingos River.

    The river runs through the city of Catanduva and is part of the region’s most important water basin, the Turvo Grande Basin.

    Until recently, Catanduva poured almost all of its sewage into the river.

    As pollution increased, the vegetation near the banks of the São Domingos River slowly stopped growing. The city urgently needed to find a solution to clean the river and bring it back to life. Read more…

    Fighting Epic Traffic Jams

    By - 6 de July de 2017, 10:17 am

    By Vanesa Ruperez

    Line 4 Eases the Commute to Millions in São Paulo.

    The São Paulo Metropolitan Region encompasses 39 municipalities with a total population of 19 million people. The region contains 10 percent of the Brazilian population and is the fifth largest urban area in the world.

    Home to more than 11 million of the metropolitan region’s residents, the city of São Paulo is one of the most congested cities in the world. Enhancing public transportation systems is a critical priority.

    Until recently, São Paulo’s metro system lacked sufficient capacity and was limited in its coverage, prompting commuters to mostly use buses and private vehicles to the detriment of urban mobility and air quality. Traffic jams during rush hour sometimes extended more than 200 kilometers, according to official estimates. Read more…