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The IDB Group and Civil Society

"From the IDB Group work with governments, the private sector and civil society in an effort to have more and more consistent public policies that create great impact on communities, maintaining the social and environmental sustainability".

Alexandre Meira da Rosa - Vice President for Countries of IDB

The IDB Group works through the governments of 48 countries for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean in 26 states in the region.

To achieve this objective, the IDB Group also promotes the inclusion of other actors that make achievable the following goals:

  • Reduce poverty and inequality
  • Promote productivity and innovation
  • Generate greater integration

Fulfilling this objective, the IDB Group fosters collaboration with Civil Society in five different levels of commitment:

  • Information
  • Dialogue
  • Consultation
  • Collaboration
  • Partnership 

In each of these levels, there are different actions carried out by different departments and divisions of the Bank, which enable a higher level of influence and inclusion.

The IDB Group considers "Civil Society" a wide range of organizations (CSOs): associations, non-profit academic institutions, professional corporate and social responsibility groups, NGOs and non-profits, unions, foundations, religious institutions, youth groups, indigenous groups; afro-descendent groups; formal and informal organizations owned by and/or representing interests of communities with ethical, philanthropic, cultural, religious or scientific perspectives.

CSOs can develop one or several activities such as promotion, research, microcredit, education. They can operate at local, national, and international levels simultaneously provided they belong to one or more of the borrowing or not borrowing countries of the IDB Group.

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