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IDB announces the finalists for its Superheroes of Development Award

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the five finalists for the first edition of its Superheroes of Development Award, which recognizes the innovative solutions devised and valuable lessons learned by executing agencies while implementing projects.

The award is part of an effort to improve the performance of IDB-financed projects through systematic learning and knowledge sharing. The Bank received 86 submissions for the contest from projects in its 26 borrowing member countries and in all areas of development.

The finalists were selected by a panel of internal and external development experts who followed four criteria: pertinence of the execution challenge described; innovation; impact of the solution, and relevance of the knowledge that can be shared with other projects.

The finalists are:



Cuando la Comunidad Ejecuta:  Participación Ciudadana y Empoderamiento Comunal en Agua y Saneamiento*


Desafío en la Subrasante


Empowering the Labour Force of the Future


Incentivando a la Conexión Intra Domiciliaria al Alcantarillado en Áreas Periurbanos*


Un Colector que Alivia: Alternativas Técnicas para el Logro de Resultados Esperados


*This project is financed by the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FECASALC).

These innovations will be showcased during the IDB Knowledge Week, to be held in Washington D.C. in October, when the winning team will be announced. The IDB will share these stories throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, so they may contribute to ongoing projects, as well as to the preparation of new operations.

About IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank mission is improving lives. Founded in 1959, the IDB is one of the main sources of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research projects and offers policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private clients throughout the region.

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