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Promoting citizen participation and ethics in IDB projects

Six IDB projects in Mexico and Central America were analyzed during a recent workshop on social capital, ethics and development. The goal of the workshop, held at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C., was to further integrate social participation and an ethical dimension as components of development projects. The event was attended by 43 specialists from the Bank and other international organizations. The projects analyzed were the Program for Information, Consulting and Participation for the Puebla-Panama Plan(PPP), the Support Program for Local Development of Coastal Communities of the Honduran Mosquitia, the Program for Peace and Coexistence for the Municipalities of the Sula Valley in Honduras, the Program to Modernize the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica, the “Mundo Maya” Program for Sustainable Tourism, and the Integral Program of Community Education in Mexico.

IDB executive vice-president Dennis Flannery opened the workshop by emphasizing that integrating the dimensions of social capital and ethics into Bank projects represents a step forward that will help the IDB better serve its member countries.

The workshop was conducted by the Coordinator General of the Initiative, Bernardo Kliksberg, and included presentations by Astrid Fischel (former Vice President of Costa Rica) and Jose Molina, Director of the Institute of Development Studies and Training in Paraguay.

The event was organized by the IDB's Inter-American Initiative on Ethics, Social Capital and Development, together with the State and Civil Society Division Region 2 (Central America, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Haiti).