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LAC Results in Action

Overview

Creating Greater Opportunities for All

Reducing Persistent Poverty and Inequality

PanamaPanama, through sound economic management, has grown faster than almost any Latin American economy in recent years, and through a partnership with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the country is striving to ensure the benefits of this prosperity reach its poorest citizens. By relying on a flexible range of lending and technical support from IBRD, Panama was able to achieve results in areas as diverse as providing improved health and nutrition services to 400,000 families in rural areas to streamlining government procurement services and making it easier for Panamanians to start a business.
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Agricultural Productivity

Latin America Becomes a Food Export Powerhouse

RegionWith agricultural productivity growing at a relatively higher pace than in other regions, Latin America has been gaining an increasing share of the global food markets. Cereal yields across Latin America grew at average annual rate of about 3.3 percent between 1990 and 2006 (compared to 1.7 percent for the rest of the world) and its share of global food exports grew from about 11 percent in 1995-1999 to 14 percent a decade later. The World Bank has been an active investor and partner for governments in the region, backing the drive for increased agricultural productivity while also providing additional financial assistance to mitigate the impact of the 2008/09 food crisis.
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Colombia: Promoting Development

Improving Environmental Institutions and Policies

ColombiaWith the support of the World Bank, Colombia introduced a number of reforms that reduced air pollution levels in large cities and introduced new instruments for improved environmental management, potentially benefitting both the health of its people and also its economy. The Government increased public participation in environmental decision-making, and prepared critical policies and laws related to sustainable development, air quality, water quality, solid waste management, and environmental licensing.
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Uruguay: From Crisis to Opportunity

Supporting an effective economic and social recovery

UruguayThrough 2005-2010, a range of World Bank initiatives effectively supported Uruguay's successful efforts to consolidate economic and social recovery from a crisis in 2001-2002, which in turn drove down poverty rates, bolstered health reforms, and significantly reduced the national debt. The Bank was also instrumental in helping Uruguay eliminate foot—and—mouth disease, boosting the country's image as a reliable beef exporter in global markets.
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Mexico: Higher Education Financing Project

Results: created of one of the most effective, large-scale student loan system in Latin America

MexicoThe Project financed a substantial expansion of student loans in Mexico. In 1998, a total of 8,000 higher education students received student loans in Mexico. At project closing in 2006, an estimated 47,600 students benefited from loans. Over 38,000 (80 percent) were financed by the institutions supported by the Project, of which 27,000 were from the SOFES program. This contributed to an increase in the Mexican higher education enrollment rate, which grew from 14% at the 1997 baseline to over 23%by 2005. Project-funded students account for 9 percent of the additional enrollees.
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Country: El Salvador

El Salvador Land Administration Project

El SalvadorThe El Salvador Land Administration Project successfully established a nation-wide mechanism for mapping and land registration that registered over one million parcels, or about two-thirds of all parcels in the country, resulting in greater asset security, increased land values, and better access to credit, particularly for small farmers.
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