Improving lives

Improving Lives

Enseñanzas personales?

An evaluation of Peru’s Finanzas en mi Colegio program, conducted by the IDB, revealed that the course improves students’ financial habits and knowledge and, surprisingly, also their teachers’.

Modelo de desarrollo indigena

At the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we are currently implementing and promoting a model of Economic Development with Identity of indigenous peoples which prioritizes the identity, territory and economic autonomy of indigenous communities.

Pueblos indigenas

We built an interactive online platform to tell stories in a way that allows you to see life through the eyes of another person. The platform is called En Otros Zapatos (In Someone Else’s Shoes) and in this case we tell you the story of Antonia, an indigenous woman who belongs to the Misak people in Colombia.

Jamaica's unusual

No inflation, no cry. Jamaica’s central bank is using reggae to teach people about monetary policy. Learn more about this here.

Revitalizar Bahamas

Harvesting and sale of ocean sponges——more broadly known as sponging——was one of the most prosperous industries in The Bahamas. But the market dwindled after an inefficient, disorganized supply chain, jeopardizing the livelihood of local communities.


The country managed to reduce its homicide rate by almost three times in less than 20 years. How did it do it?


A new digital platform is breaking with the traditional paradigm to teach math. By adding healthy competition to technological possibility, it is resulting in reduced educational gaps between rich and poor.


Rising temperatures, pests and declining coffee prices are threatening the welfare of millions of small Latin American coffee producers and their families. What can we do about it?

Red de ciudades

Eight out of ten people in Latin America and the Caribbean live in cities, a proportion higher than the European Union’s and behind only North America. Now, a network is working to connect these urban nodes and improve quality of life.