Latin America and Caribbean

Remarkable transformations...But huge inequalities

During the 2000s, Latin American countries achieved significant progress, which reduced poverty and led to the emergence of a new middle class.
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Despite this progress, Latin America needs to overcome a number of barriers to its sustainable development, starting with reducing social and spatial inequalities (almost one Latin American in two lives below the poverty line), the lack of infrastructure, the low level of productivity, the conservation of the environment…

Reconciling economic growth, social progress and environmental balances

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In Latin American and Caribbean countries, Proparco conducts its activities in line with the mandate for emerging countries given to AFD Group by the French authorities, which aims to support “ green and inclusive growth”.

This strategy has two main objectives:

  • Help economies on the subcontinent move towards a growth model that uses fewer natural resources and emits lower levels of greenhouse gases;
  • Promote the development of the local economic base and reduce inequalities

Proparco's operations

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To this end, Proparco focuses its operations on: 

  • Private sector initiatives for renewable energies and energy efficiency (solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass…);
  • Strengthening healthcare and education provision (expansion and upgrading of private hospital services and university campuses…);
  • Developing microfinance for small entrepreneurs in the formal and informal sectors; 
  • Supporting local banks, in particular to facilitate financing for agricultural and agro-industrial projects and increase the capacity of Latin American actors to meet the rise in food needs in the region.
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