IDB launches 2019 Call for Proposals to finance regional projects in Latin America

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the 2019 Call for Proposals for the Regional Public Goods (RPG) Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), which supports projects involving three or more countries.

The RPG Initiative provides technical grants to finance solutions that resolve shared challenges through regional cooperation. Since 2004, the RPG Initiative has financed 169 projects, investing more than US$120 million.

The proposals must involve a collective solution produced by at least three IDB borrowing member countries, and even though the Initiative is open to the promotion of RPGs in any topic, alignment with the Bank's operational priorities is a selection criterion. The other two criteria are the value added of a regional (vs. national) approach to addressing a development challenge or opportunity, as well as sustaining the benefits of regional collective action beyond the support of the Initiative.

Past RPG funded projects have included a protocol for joint procurement and quality of medicines in Central America, an action plan for the energy efficiency in the Caribbean hotels, support to the interoperability of foreign trade single windows, a framework for protection and registration of migrant workers in the Southern Cone and regional standards for school infrastructure across Latin America and the Caribbean, among others.  

All Information regarding the 2019 Call for Proposals can be accessed in the RPG Initiative website. All proposals must be presented in accordance with the General Guidelines applicable to all Call for Proposals and must be submitted online before 05:00 pm (US Eastern Standard Time) on March 1st, 2019.

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