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 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 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.

Optimal sanitation: Focus on the Americas at World Water Week 2019

August 26, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank is coordinating the Focus on the Americas sessions during World Water Week in Sweden’s capital, with a focus on adopting a new paradigm to close the gap in secure sanitation services in the region. STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Providing safe sanitation for all in Latin America requires not only significant investments, but a change of paradigm to be able to do more with less resources. Right now, only 22% to the population of Latin America and the Caribbean have access to those services.

IDB announces the finalists for the Superheroes of Development Award

July 11, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the eight finalists for the second edition of its Superheroes of Development Award, which recognizes the innovative solutions devised and valuable lessons learned by executing agencies while implementing development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Members of international community discuss collaboration in support of Venezuela

July 08, 2019
Representatives of cooperation agencies, along with directors and counselors of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) member countries, met this morning with the Bank's administration at the institution's headquarters to discuss possible areas of collaboration in support of Venezuela. During the meeting, IDB specialists presented an analysis of the macroeconomic outlook and the main development challenges facing Venezuela.

WeXchange 2019 Pitch Competition is now open for women entrepreneurs

June 25, 2019
The Pitch Competition, open to high-growth women entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean, is organized by IDB Lab and Angel Ventures. The deadline for application is July 31.

Costa Rica hosts IDB’s Regional Policy Dialogue on Environmental Permitting and Compliance

June 13, 2019
Escazú, Costa Rica – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through its Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit, June 18-20 will hold the VII Regional Policy Dialogue (RPD) to help Latin American environmental agencies strengthen their environmental permitting and compliance systems.