In order to advance development in Latin America and the Caribbean, the IDB Group establishes partnerships with civil society and other key stakeholders to reduce poverty. The IDB Group supports partners through grant funding, technical support, and implementation of project components as well as the creation of knowledge products.

Technical Cooperation

Strengthening Civil Society in LAC - "The Caribbean” (RG- T2393). Among other types of technical cooperation, we strengthen civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean through funding from the Institutional Capacity Strengthening Thematic Fund (ICS). The operation, approved in 2014, is directed, among other things, towards the improvement of project design skills, access to information, and the promotion of alliances with other organizations in the Caribbean to help strengthen the development of its regional agenda.

The first in depth three day training on project cycle management for the Caribbean Civil Society members was held on July 22-24 in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies. This will be followed by training in Trinidad and Tobago on August 24-26, The Bahamas on September 1-3, and later on in Barbados, Haiti, Suriname and Guyana. Upon successful completion of the course a certificate of achievement on project design may be awarded. The goal is to strengthen civil society members in order for them to be stronger partners in development with their countries and the IDB.

Knowledge products

Argentina. Led by the IDB Representative in Argentina, the document "The Youth yes-yes: civil society lessons and experiences on the transition of young people between education and work", was prepared in partnership with organizations of Argentina civil society that contributed knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned on the subject. The report seeks to emphasize CSO interventions aimed at making young people study and work. For the IDB Group, this type of interaction allows us to understand territorial and sectorial project coordination challenges, and identify and include civil society organizations capable of generating replicable and scalable innovations. The material suggests key protection interventions (child and adolescent labor), formal education, employability training, research, transfer and incidence among others.