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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…

    Do Productive Development Policies Work for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises?

    By - 13 de July de 2017, 10:31 am

    By Lucas Figal Garone

    Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Argentina accounted for more than half of the gross domestic product (GDP) and three-quarters of all jobs in the second half of the 2000s. However, evidence suggests that market and coordination failures have threatened the productive potential of these firms.

    Small grocery store in Argentina. Image: Machteld Vlietstra. Creative Commons License.

    Small grocery store in Argentina. Image: Machteld Vlietstra. Creative Commons License.

    Among the many challenges faced by Argentine MSMEs, the most critical have been the shortage of qualified and affordable professional technical services, weak management capacity, and a lack of skills to prepare investment projects.

    In addition to these problems the lack of coordination among the MSMEs themselves, and difficulties in accessing credit, have made the challenges even more complex. Read more…