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IDB launches the 3rd edition of Gobernarte to reward innovation in municipal governments

Municipal governments will be eligible to apply to the two categories of the Gobernarte contest

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launches the third edition of the Award “Gobernarte: The Art of Good Government,” which this year will be named after Eduardo Campos, the late governor of Pernambuco, in recognition of his significant contribution to the innovation of public administration in Brazil and in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gobernarte is aimed at identifying, rewarding, documenting, and disseminating initiatives implemented in municipal governments in Latin America and the Caribbean that have contributed to push forward the state modernization agenda towards effective, efficient, open governments and better services for citizens. Through Gobernarte, the IDB seeks to disseminate experiences, facilitate cooperation and promote the sharing of good practices among subnational governments and other stakeholders.

This year, awards will be given to the two (2) best initiatives in each of the following categories:

  • Cities and Big data
  • Cities and registry of persons

Applications can be submitted by municipal or local governments (third administrative level) in IDB borrowing member countries. Applications including partnerships with the national government or other subnational governments, as well as alliances with civil society, academia, or the private sector will also be accepted. The teams that have designed and implemented the initiatives must submit their entries on, and designate a contact person from the city’s municipal government. Additional information about application process, requirements, terms and conditions is available on Gobernarte website: Any questions can be mailed to

Technical evaluation of the applications will be conducted by two external panels, which will include internationally renowned experts in each of the categories. Winners will be announced on November 7th, 2015 and winning initiatives will be disseminated through various IDB official channels across the region. The awards ceremony will take place during the first quarter of 2016 in Washington, DC.

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