Improving lives

Improving Lives

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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!


Yalitza Aparicio

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.

The innovation Dominicana

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.

Yuca en Suriman

Female participation in the workforce is key to trigger development in agriculture. Under an IDB-backed project, the women of Suriname are adopting new technologies and best practices to farm cassava.

Crisis alimentaria en LA?

Food insecurity is a scenario that frequently goes unnoticed, compared with other problems in the region. However, although food production continues to rise, one in 10 Latin Americans suffer from malnutrition and more than 42 million regularly go hungry.

Camarón más ético

With the support of the IDB and Compete Caribbean, Belize became the first country in the world to certify almost all its shrimp farms as free from forced labor and environmentally sustainable, as well as pioneering a nationwide biosafety protocol.

Piezas Banner

If you’re like most people in the developed world, you probably take safe drinking water and sanitation for granted. But life is very different for 490 million people in Latin America, where millions of people still use outhouses.

Innovación financiera

At the IDB we developed a new methodology to measure the environmental impact of protected agriculture in Mexico, which has increased access to credit through green bonds. Learn about José's story, and how his life changed after accessing financing tools.

Abandono escolar

In Mesoamerica, which encompasses all Central America and Southern Mexico, more than half of the students do not finish high school. The key to reverse this trend is both inside and outside the classroom.