By Carlos Echevarría* Modernization of the Macho River hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica has created more than 300 direct jobs and will supply electricity to more than 228,000 homes. Springing from the virgin forests of Cerro de la Muerte (Death Peak) in Costa Rica, crystal clear waters form a powerful outflow that creates the Macho River and are a source of energy for … [Read more...] about The Macho River: Source of Life, Electricity and Employment
By Jorge Oyamada* More than 10,000 households in rural areas of Paraguay enjoy a safe drinking water system thanks to funding from the IDB and FECASALC. Paraguay’s Virgen del Rosario Community houses 111 families and until a little over a year ago it had no potable water, forcing villagers to walk long distances to fetch water every day. “I used to carry … [Read more...] about How far away is your water?
By Verónica Adler and Ana Castillo* The Municipal Government bet on renovating the iconic Agricultural Market in the Goes neighborhood, and in the first trimester of 2014 the restored landmark generated 550 jobs and had a turnover of $US8.8 million. The good old days Carmen and Carlos are a married couple in Montevideo, who have been residents of the Goes neighborhood … [Read more...] about A Bet That Pays Off: the Agricultural Market of Montevideo
By Daniel Torres-Gracia* The paving of the Tegucigalpa-Puerto Castilla Agricultural Corridor in Honduras has become a focus of economic and social development benefiting more than 500,000 of the region's residents. The Tegucigalpa-Puerto Castilla Agricultural Corridor, in Honduras, came about as a means of improving the lives of 500,000 people. Standing testament to … [Read more...] about Agricultural Corridor: More than just a highway
Jamaican schools apply eight “effectiveness” factors to improve student’s performance and behavior. By Cynthia Hobbs* What is an effective school? What makes some schools perform better than others? Jamaica’s Ministry of Education commissioned a School Effectiveness Study through a technical cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank to answer these … [Read more...] about A hands on approach to improving schools in Jamaica