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IDB Group launches new edition of Superheroes of Development awards for its clients

In its third edition, the call for proposals will be virtual and will be open from May 26 to June 29, 2020.

The yearly Superheroes of Development award will once again recognize the executing agencies, borrowers or clients of projects financed by the IDB Group (which includes the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB Invest and IDB Lab) that have successfully addressed different challenges in their implementation. The contest will identify executing agencies and clients throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, who will have the opportunity to present their solutions to a panel of IDB experts. The winners will receive free access to two online courses per person certified by the IDB and edX (the online educational platform of Harvard and MIT) and will present their project and lessons learned in an online event with Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB.

‘The situation caused by the coronavirus has changed the way we live and work. We made the transition from a society that was physically present to one that adapted to being virtually united. In this edition of Superheroes of Development, we will reward values like adaptation and resilience in the execution of projects that improve lives in our region despite the challenges caused by this pandemic, ’said Federico Basañes, manager of the IDB's Knowledge, Innovation and Communication Sector.

This call for proposals is part of an effort to improve the performance of IDB Group-financed projects through systematic learning and knowledge sharing. All executing agencies, borrowers, or clients that have carried out operations co-financed by the IDB, IDB Invest, and IDB Lab through sovereign and private sector loans which are in execution can participate in the contest.

The finalists will be selected according to three criteria: the relevance of the challenge that COVID-19 has represented on the execution of the project and its impact; the solution implemented and its achievements; and the lessons learned by adjusting processes and finding innovative solutions. To participate in this contest, all interested agencies, borrowers or clients should complete the online form available on the Superheroes of Development page.

The IDB Group will share the winning stories throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region in order to contribute to knowledge sharing for the preparation of future operations

For more information, visit https://convocatorias.iadb.org/en/superheroes

About the IDB Group

The IDB Group is the leading source of development finance for Latin America and the Caribbean. It helps to improve lives by providing financial solutions and development know-how to public and private sector clients. The group comprises the IDB, which has worked with governments for 60 years; IDB Invest, which serves the private sector and IDB Lab, which tests innovative ways to enable more inclusive growth.

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