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IDB announces four winners of Juscelino Kubitschek Prize

Selected from 337 nominees from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe

Four institutions from Argentina, Ecuador, El Salvador and Mexico won the Inter American Development Bank’s (IDB) Juscelino Kubitschek Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the fields of economy and finance, as well as in the promotion of cultural, social and scientific progress, the IDB announced today.

The Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) of Argentina and the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) won the prize in economics and finance, which received 95 nominatios. The Mexican Institute for Research on Family and Population (IMIFAP) and the Salesian Project for the Street Children of Ecuador won the award in the social, cultural and scientific category, which drew 242 candidates.

The prizes are named after a Brazilian president who put his country on the path to progress and fostered the establishment of the IDB, the world’s first regional development bank.

"This award, created two years ago to mark the Bank’s 50th anniversary, has become the most important prize granted by a multilateral agency in our region," said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. "JK embodied one of the most creative chapters in the history of Brazil and our continent."

For the economy and finance category, the prize committee based the selection of winners on their institutional strengthening projects. For the cultural, social and scientific category, the committee took into account social protection and poverty reduction programs.

A total of 337 organizations from 26 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe were nominated for the awards, which are granted every two years. This time, each of the four winners will receive a prize of $50,000. The award ceremony will take place next March in Montevideo, Uruguay, during the annual meeting of the IDB Board of Governors.

The selection committee, chaired by Moreno, met here September 5-7. Iberoamerican Cooperation Secretary General Enrique V. Iglesias served as the body’s secretary. Members included former Ecuadoran President Osvaldo Hurtado and former Honduran President Ricardo Maduro, former Barbados Foreign Minister Billie Antoinette Miller, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former Argentine Ambassador to the United States Jose Octavio Bordon, Japan Bank for International Cooperation President Hiroshi Watanabe, Minas Gerais Development Bank President Paulo Paiva and Mexican author and journalist Angeles Mastretta.

The award honors the late Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek, who spearheaded the creation of a multilateral development institution for Latin America and the Caribbean. His visionary idea culminated in the establishment of the IDB in 1959. The IDB is the leading source of long-term financing for development in this region.

The first edition of the award, held in 2008, attracted 145 nominations from organizations from 22 countries of the Americas and Europe. The winners were ACCION International, Fe y Alegria and Vaga Lume.

This year four organizations earned honorable mentions to four organizations that submitted proposals in recognition of excellence in their work. The entries in the area of ​​finance and economics were awarded to Pro Mujer (USA) and ACP Inversiones y Desarrollo of Peru were recognized for their work in economics and finance while Fundacion Carvajal of Colombia and Un Techo Para Mi Pais of Chile were recognized for their social programs.

Award Winners

Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth – Founded in Buenos Aires in 2000., CIPPEC works for a just, democratic and efficient public sector to improve the lives of people. CIPPEC analyzes and promotes public policies to foster equity and growth in the region, helping strengthen and develop the institutional capacity of public agencies and community organizations through its interactions with policymakers.

Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development – Created in 1983 in El Salvador by a group of independent entrepreneurs and professionals with a vision to improve the economic and social conditions of Salvadorans, FUSADES set out to become a highly credible think tank dedicated to economic and social progress through sustainable development under a democratic system and individual liberties. FUSADES carries out research to promote public policies aimed at economic, social and institutional development.

Mexican Institute for Research on Family and Population – Founded in Mexico in 1985 by a group of social psychologists in order to pursue the investigation of sexual health issues, IMIFAP set out to create and implement programs that contribute to sustainable human development by empowering individuals to take control of their health, their productivity and their lives. IMIFAP develops programs to promote the skills and abilities of people and sustainable human development, with emphasis on gender issues, so that individuals take responsibility over their own health, productivity and lives, through integrated development and community development programs.

Salesian Project for the Street Children of Ecuador – The Salesian order started working in Ecuador in 1888 to address the needs of poor young people through quality education and vocational training. Inspired by the values of the Gospel, they sought to form “honest citizens and good Christians.” The street children project works with at-risk children and youths in seven Ecuadoran cities, offering them services to improve their education, shelter, social services, counseling, vocational training and employment opportunities.