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    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…

    Project in Brazil Shows How to Improve Educational Performance

    By - 27 de June de 2017, 3:18 pm

    By Marcelo Pérez Alfaro

    Students often complain that math is difficult to learn, and for many, it is far from their favorite subject. Improving performance is a considerable challenge because the subject is often not taught in an interesting way and not related to problems relevant to students.

    Educational Performance in Brazil

    Image: iStock.

    The state of São Paulo, Brazil launched the Tem+Matemática initiative to motivate students to improve their math skills, which are considered critical in order to access more complex knowledge and function in society. Read more…

    Why do girls talk so much more than boys?

    By - 31 de January de 2017, 10:44 am

    Why do girls talk so much more than boys?


    A year ago, when two-year-old Ana visited her aunt Mary, she started telling her stories as soon as they met. She talked about her recent visit to the market. She talked about school. Then she talked about her little sister.

    Ana’s cousin Angel, also two years old, was visiting Aunt Mary too. However, when Aunt Mary asked him “How are you?” he just said “Fine” and turned around to go play. Aunt Mary wondered why Angel wasn’t as talkative.

    Should Aunt Mary be concerned? Should she talk to him more? Should she encourage him to talk more? She wondered if there was something she should be doing. Maybe Angel was just “born” that way, and was simply not as expressive as Ana.

    This question is at the crux of extensive discussion in the economic literature about sex differences in language acquisition and the development of social skills. Read more…