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IDB and World Bank Join Forces to Maximize Development Impact

Partnership will boost innovation and unlock opportunities across Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank today announced a groundbreaking four-year partnership to drive stronger results for people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

At IDB headquarters in Washington, IDB President Ilan Goldfajn and World Bank President Ajay Banga signed a memorandum of understanding that will boost support for net-zero-deforestation efforts in the Amazon, strengthen the Caribbean’s resilience to natural disasters, and bridge the digital-access gap, across Latin America and the Caribbean.

In addition, IDB Invest, the private-sector arm of the IDB Group, and MIGA, the political-risk insurance arm of the World Bank, agreed to collaborate to mitigate political risk in the region. The two agencies will work alongside the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) to draw in more private sector investment into the region.

“MDB reform is an opportunity to increase development impact. This partnership with the World Bank marks a pivotal milestone,” said IDB President Ilan Goldfajn. “Together, we are forging ahead with a shared vision, from sustainable bio-economies in the Amazon region to supporting Caribbean resilience and bridging digital divides reducing access gaps including in education. Our joint commitment is a testament to the power of collaborative innovation for Latin America and the Caribbean”.

“Our global challenges require a new playbook for the World Bank that will drive impactful development. That mission demands we reimagine partnerships across the board with the private sector, civil society, and other multilateral institutions. The World Bank can and must play a central role to coordinate global action, working collaboratively — not competitively — to deliver impact and meaningful change. This partnership and workplan between the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank is that ambition in action,” said World Bank President Ajay Banga.

In June, Banga and Goldfajn visited the region together, the first trip of its kind, and emphasized the need for both institutions to deepen their collaboration to help fight poverty, create jobs, and address climate change.

In the Amazon, the organizations will combine their expertise to support countries in their transition to net-zero-deforestation, helping people pursue better livelihoods while preserving the ecosystem—including through innovative financial instruments.

In the Caribbean, the agreement will result in greater support for countries to manage disasters and climate shocks and develop financial protection mechanisms for when catastrophes happen.

The organizations also committed to act together to promote digital development in the region. The action plan proposes that through this collaboration digital infrastructure and connectivity can be effectively scaled up to contribute to accelerate socioeconomic development. Through the Connected Schools for All initiative, the World Bank and the IDB will develop plans to close the digital gap in education, ensuring young people have the skills needed for tomorrow’s economy. An innovative pilot program will bring connectivity to underserved areas of the region, helping more people gain access to the internet, unlocking new opportunities.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public- and private-sector clients throughout the region. Take our virtual tour.


Bachelet,Pablo A.

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Bachelet,Pablo A.
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