Seven civil society organizations will receive $7 million to execute projects that will benefit low- income communities and vulnerable groups in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the results of the Call for Proposals for Civil Society Projects that support low-income communities and vulnerable groups, funded through the IDB-managed Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction Program.
The seven winning civil society organizations (CSOs) will execute projects in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru with a combined amount of $7 million.
“The Bank proactively seeks ways to engage with civil society in the region. This Call for Proposals is an important achievement to support the operational work of civil society organizations at the local level in vulnerable communities and, as a result, strengthen the IDB’s partnership with such organizations,” said Roberto Vellutini, Vice President for Countries at the IDB.
“This is the first time for Japanese Trust Funds at the IDB to go through a Call for Proposals and I am very pleased with seeing many projects submitted and all of the winners’ projects are innovative and promising. I’m sure that these projects will definitely contribute to poverty reduction in the region, with the competence of the selected CSOs,” said Yasuhiro Atsumi, IDB Executive Director for Japan.
The Bank received 1,885 proposals from 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and carried out a thorough evaluation process. The final selection was made by the government of Japan.
The organizations and winning proposals are:
The IDB thanks all of the organizations that submitted proposals. Civil society organizations are a key partner in the reduction of poverty and the socio-economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The IDB works directly with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) through participation in consultations, dialogue, and the execution of projects with social impact. In this sense, the CSOs have significantly contributed to the work of the IDB through their technical capacity and in-depth community reach.
The Japanese Trust Funds are the result of cooperation and joint-contributions from the IDB and Japan for the development of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Community Development Program of the Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction is focused on the implementation of community development programs in various sectors such as health, education, urban and rural development.