IDB Lab, CIAT and SoftBank partner to promote smart rice farming in Colombia

October 28, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank, through its innovation lab – IDB Lab, approved US$2 million funding for a project that will improve the productivity and sustainability of rice farming in Colombia The project, led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), will implement a new technological solution called “e-kakashi,” a service that combines internet of things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber physical systems (CPS) to transform agriculture into a real-time, data-driven science.

IDB study diagnoses investment promotion agencies in Latin America

October 25, 2019
Resources, presence overseas and the level of targeting of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) contribute considerably to attracting greater volumes of foreign direct investment and to bringing multinational companies to their respective countries, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank.

IDB launches coalition to promote cross-cutting skills in the 21st century

October 21, 2019
Today, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), together with 22 partners from the public and private sector, announced the launch of a 21st century skills coalition that will support the implementation of a new generation of education and training policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. This coalition will provide more than US$34.7 million in funding to support projects that will promote these skills among children and youth in the region.

Reducing trade costs could boost exports to Korea

October 10, 2019
Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean to Korea could grow by about US$10 billion, or 43%, if a set of reforms to reduce trade costs are implemented and bilateral cooperation reach new levels, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank. The report, Stepping Up Cooperation, Policy Options for Latin America and Korea, was presented during the 5th Korea-LAC Business Summit, held in Seoul, Korea, on October 7th and 8th.

IDB announces innovative solution to address ocean plastic pollution in Haiti

October 07, 2019
IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, will support Environmental Cleaning Solutions S.A. (ECSSA) capacity to recycle plastic in Haiti.   Haiti is considered one of the countries with the greatest risk of plastic entering the ocean.  The country generates a large volume of plastic waste in urban areas due to high consumption of treated water, soft drinks, and take away meals sold in plastic containers. 

IDB Group launches Open Innovation Challenge to reduce plastic use

September 26, 2019
Washington, D.C. — The Inter-American Development Bank Group together with MIT Solve launch an Open Innovation Challenge that seeks to find the most innovative solutions that substantially reduce or eliminate single-use plastic and plastic waste in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Rethink Plastics Challenge offers the selected solutions prizes totaling 60,000 USD.

IDB 60th anniversary activities begin with business summit focused on development themes

September 26, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank kicked off its 60th anniversary celebrations with a Business Summit in Washington on the transformational innovations taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region’s insertion into the digital economy, and the challenges of building sustainable infrastructure.

Latin Americans express broad support for trade, survey shows

September 24, 2019
Support depends on how the information is framed, with important implications on public policies Latin Americans back more trade by big margins, though an innovative experiment finds support is fragile and may be swayed by information emphasizing negative consequences, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank.

IDB announces winner of the 2019 Superheroes of Development Award

September 16, 2019
The winning IDB-financed project developed a new solution to monitor public infrastructure works and to empower citizens to evaluate the use of public resources in Honduras. WASHINGTON D.C., September 12, 2019. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the winner of the Superheroes of Development contest, an award given to executing agencies that have successfully implemented innovative solutions in projects financed by the IDB.

Hurricane Dorian: IDB provides $100 million in emergency funding line to The Bahamas

September 06, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank will provide $100 million to help finance humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in The Bahamas, following widespread loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.