IDB announces the finalists for the Superheroes of Development Award

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

The award is part of an effort to improve the performance of IDB-financed projects through systematic learning and knowledge sharing. The Bank received 82 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 from every sub-region in Latin America and the Caribbean based on the following 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:



Inserción de Mujeres en oficios no tradicionales


Lugares Mágicos: la participación ciudadana en el desarrollo turísticos de 6 pequeñas localidades de la Prov. de Salta


La innovación viene volando


Nuevas Oportunidades de Empleo para los Jóvenes en Panamá-NEO Panamá


Río Gualajo: ¡Energía ahora o nunca!


Metro de Quito


Small Changes delivering Big Results


Mainstreaming Integrated Water Resource Management in Small Island Developing States


These innovations will be showcased during the IDB Knowledge Week, to be held in Washington D.C. in September, 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 the 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.