IDB announces Winners of Juscelino Kubitschek Visionaries Awards

Almost six hundred applications for the prestigious award were received from 25 IDB member countries

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced that four institutions from Paraguay, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Chile won the Juscelino Kubitschek Visionaries Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made by nongovernmental organizations to Latin America and the Caribbean.

The awards were created in 2009 in honor of Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek (1956-1961), who was instrumental in the creation of the IDB, the world’s first regional development bank.

The Executive Selection Committee awarded the first place to Fundación Paraguaya of Paraguay and the second place to TeenSmart International of Costa Rica. The third and fourth places went to Glasswing International of El Salvador and TECHO from Chile. Additionally, the Committee decided to give an honorable mention to ProMujer from United States.

The first prize winner will receive $100,000.00 in recognition of its work and to encourage its efforts to improve lives. The second prize winner will receive $50,000.00 while third and fourth place winners will each receive $25,000.00 Award ceremonies will be held in each country in September and October.

Winners were selected by two Committees. The Technical Selection Committee, consisting of IDB specialists, selected the 25 finalists. The Executive Selection Committee, which included Bank’s senior management, a past winner of the award, and former IDB President Enrique V. Iglesias, selected the four winners.

About the winners:


Fundacion Paraguaya – Paraguay

Founded in 1985, Fundación Paraguaya is a self-sustaining, non-profit social enterprise based in Asunción, Paraguay. With more than 450 staff, 25 offices, and four financially self-sufficient agricultural schools in Paraguay, its mission is to develop and implement practical, innovative, and sustainable solutions to eliminate poverty and create decent conditions for all families.


TeenSmart International – Costa Rica

TeenSmart International (TSI) believes that adolescents with access to information, support, and life skills, can develop self-leadership, healthy behaviors, and internal motivation to position themselves on a path to success in school, work, and life. TeenSmart’s primary mission is to reduce or eliminate high-risk behaviors among teens through the platform, which offers six different services: Know your health, Need advice?, Online courses, Get Informed, Chats and forums, Health Directory.


Glasswing International – El Salvador

Glasswing International is an innovative Latin American non-profit social enterprise that addresses the root causes of poverty and violence by leveraging cross-sector partnerships to implement public education, public health, and community empowerment initiatives.


TECHO - Chile

TECHO is an NGO that operates in 19 Latin American countries. More than 140 million people in the region live in substandard housing. TECHO undertakes mass mobilization of young local volunteers together with communities of informal settlements in the region to eradicate the poverty affecting them.

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. 

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