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Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Chile have enviable supplies of lithium – and the potential to develop an industry that not only creates jobs, but that can be sustainable and environmentally friendly, too.

The (Female) Literary Wave Rewriting Latin America

Latin American literature is experiencing a new, women-led period of international success. Could creativity and entrepreneurship revive the region’s publishing industry and help cultural development?


Companies need digital talent to compete in today’s economy. Can the bootcamp model give Latin America and the Carribean a competitive edge?


Behind every project we finance is the quiet, critical work of our Office of Institutional Integrity. Learn how it helps bring transparency to complex development work.


The Mexican company Ejido Verde is renovating the historic pine resin industry, detonating productivity and the generation of community jobs, while positioning itself at the forefront of climate change mitigation.


Since 2016, IDB Lab has supported the Monge Foundation to design innovations to integrate young people from vulnerable communities into the labor market. Some of the young beneficiaries were so successful that the UN invited them to speak in one of its forums.

idb 60 years

On our sixtieth anniversary, let’s travel back in time and hear some of the stories behind our work to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean – from microcredit to MOOCs and much more. Join us!


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The potential of the film industry is infinite. Its benefits go beyond the bottom line, generating social transformations. See how through the story of the protagonist of Roma, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2019.


In Latin America, more and more cities are using civic technology and citizen participation to generate solutions to mobility problems. Learn about the case of a Dominican city that managed to map its transportation system with the help of everyone, thanks to digital and open source technologies.