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IDB begins second phase of public consultation on the Strategy on Social Policy for Equity and Productivity

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the second phase of the public consultation on the draft Strategy on Social Policy for Equity and Productivity

A key component of the IDB’s Ninth General Capital Increase, the Strategy will guide the Bank’s operational and analytical work in social areas, with the objective of improving impacts on equity and productivity. 

The draft document reviews the social challenges in the region, the lessons learned and the priority areas. The Strategy is focused on people, and especially on investments that raise the quality of a country’s human capital, ensuring that families secure reasonable consumption levels and get proper education, nutrition and health services and help poor households manage risks to protect health and assets.  

This second phase of the consultation will be carried out from January 21 to February 20. The goal is to receive comments and inputs from governments, civil society organizations, social specialists, academics and other relevant actors from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and other regions. These contributions are critical to strengthening the effectiveness and relevance of the Strategy.

Over the next two months the IDB will promote the compilation of comments and inputs through its Web page and through face-to-face meetings that will take place in February and March in Colombia, Jamaica and Mexico as well as additional locations. 

"The inputs we received during the first public consultation phase were very helpful and valuable in drafting the strategy document,” said Suzanne Duryea, the specialist leading the consultation process.  “For instance, in response to the first phase of the public consultation the Strategy has been revised to place a greater emphasis on health challenges that continue to disproportionately affect poor populations in the region, looking at communicable diseases as well as maternal mortality and child health.”

“Now, with this second phase, we are aiming to reach out to a broader array of stakeholders to further improve and strengthen the IDB’s social strategy,” added Duryea.