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IDB announces 25 young people chosen for Social Innovation for Development Program

Organized along with Verb Inc., Dell Social Innovation Challenge and Ashoka, the program aims to create a network of young social innovators working to development their communities

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announces that 25 young innovators from Latin America and the Caribbean have been chosen to take part in a week-long seminar at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., to hone their entrepreneurial, management, communications, creative and innovation skills in order to apply new solutions in addressing the problems traditionally associated with development.

After the announcement of the Social Innovation Program, sponsored by the IADB’s Youth Unit, more than 400 candidates from 20 countries applied. Of these, 25 young people were selected from Argentina, Barbados, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay, all of whom presented working projects involving education, employment, technology, climate change, social inclusion or the fight against poverty.

The program, which started October 21, is being attended by Argentine neuroscientist Dr. Estanislao Bachrach; the head of the Iberoamerican Youth Organization, Alejo Ramírez; social media and communications expert Peter Corbett de ILabs; and Suzi Sosa, an expert in business entrepreneurship and social innovation and founder of Verb Inc., an organization supported by the Dell Social Innovation Challenge.

The Social Innovation for Development Program will wrap up with a think tank event that is open to the public so people can get to know the 25 innovators and their projects -- a dialogue among specialists in innovation and social entrepreneurship – and a ceremony to honor the 25 young trailblazers themselves. This event will take place Friday, October 25 in the Andrés Bello Auditorium at the IADB from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those interested in attending should send an email to fabiank@iadb.org.

About the IDB Youth Unit

IDB Youth, which is part of the Division of Cultural, Solidarity and Creative Affairs in the Office of External Relations of the IADB, promotes social innovation by young people and the active participation of such people in Latin America and the Caribbean in the development process. It values these young people as true agents of change.