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IDB calls for civil society projects focused on poverty reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean

Projects to promote sustainable development of vulnerable communities

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is calling for civil society organizations to submit projects that support poverty reduction and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The call is for projects to develop low-income communities and provide sustainable poverty reduction in 26 countries in the region.

Proposals should focus on:

  • Providing basic services, such as health (primary and reproductive), nutrition, early childhood development, education, and programs for vulnerable groups, such as at-risk children, youth, women, indigenous people, and people with disabilities.
  • Supporting productive activities, such as business and technical training, sustainable microenterprise, and the development of marginal rural areas.

Projects will be funded through the IDB-administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction. The amounts range from US$300,000 for a project in a single community to $1.5 million for several communities within a country. The amounts requested should be consistent with the management capacity of the proposing organization.

Proposals must be submitted by December 31, 2011, through the IDB website.

IDB and civil society

The Bank works directly with civil society organizations (CSOs), either as consultants or through the execution of development projects. CSOs, with their expertise and field knowledge of the communities in which they operate, have contributed significantly to the work of the IDB.

The IDB works directly with civil society organizations (CSOs), either through participation in public consultations, dialogues or through execution of projects with development impact. In this regard, CSOs have contributed significantly to the work of the IDB with their expertise and knowledge of the communities in which the institution operates.

Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program

The Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program (JPO) is a major IDB-Japan partnership to promote the development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Resources from the funds have been targeted to support social sectors, the environment, infrastructure, and productive activities in small and low-income countries.

This call for proposals is specifically related to the Community Development Program of the Japan Special Fund for Poverty Reduction. The program has a proven track record of implementing programs with local community development organizations in different sectors and various countries. Since 2001, the Japan Fund has financed over 115 projects worth approximately $30 million.

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