Investment in social development and efficient institutions, keys to better security

September 13, 2019
The IDB confirmed its commitment to work with Latin American and Caribbean countries on innovations that can contribute to prevention and crime reduction The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), during the Citizen Security Week 2019 that wrapped up yesterday, emphasized that to improve long-term citizen security, it is necessary to have  greater investment in social development and more effective, efficient and transparent institutions.

Citizen Security Week will address the future of citizen security and justice

September 03, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will discuss what digital innovations can contribute to the fight against crime and citizen security The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will hold the Eleventh Citizen Security Week, at the Headquarters of the IDB in Washington, DC from September 9-13, 2019.

IDB and SmartFilms® Cell-Phone Film Festival Launch Citizen-Security Category

June 17, 2019
Contest seeks short films on crime prevention and citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean by young people and professionals  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the SmartFilms® Film Festival today launched a new citizen-security contest category and is calling for submissions on the theme “I am not afraid to enjoy my city.”

IDB announces selected proposals of its "Bootcamps for Tech Fans” challenge

June 06, 2019
Fifty-seven proposals were submitted, and the entities selected will benefit people in Central America, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. IDB Lab, the IDB's innovation laboratory, has announced the two proposals selected to implement the best and most innovative Ready-to-Work Bootcamp models aimed at closing the skills gap of our future workforce in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially of people in vulnerable circumstances.

IDB launches Superheroes of Development contest to recognize executing agencies

March 04, 2019
In its second edition, the call for proposals will be open from March 4th to May 17th, 2019. The Superheroes of Development Award will recognize executing agencies of IDB-financed projects that have successfully addressed challenges during its implementation. The contest will identify eight finalists from across Latin America and the Caribbean who will travel to IDB’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to present their solutions.

Crime exacts steep social, public and private costs in Latin America and Caribbean: IDB study

February 03, 2017
Annual costs of crime and violence estimated at $261 billion for region; impacts vary among and within countries Violence and crime impacts much higher than for developed nations Report calculates foregone income of murder victims, imprisoned individuals A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at $261 bill

IDB to support criminal justice reform in Guyana to help overcome prison overcrowding

December 15, 2016
An US$8 million project approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help Guyana overcome prison overcrowding, by reducing pre-trial detentions and increasing the use of alternative sentencing, among other measures. The loan’s objective is to contribute to the high concentrations of prison population in the country, which stands at 256 per 100,000 of national population, well above the world average of 146 per 100,000. The Guyanese criminal justice system tends to use incarceration as the default sanction.

Better governance and greater integration to determine fate of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030

December 01, 2016
New Atlantic Council report commissioned by IDB offers contrasting scenarios for crime, democracy, trade and economic growth The Atlantic Council today released "Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios," a report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that looks at how the region's countries could evolve over the next 14 years, underscoring how more integration and better governance hold the key to greater prosperity.

IDB and government of Argentina launch Security Week to discuss crime and violence in Latin America and Caribbean

September 26, 2016
· Almost 135.000 victims of murder in the region last year; cost of crime estimated at $120 billion · Studies on violence in cities, police communications to be unveiled The Inter-American Development Bank and the Ministry of Security of Argentina today launched the 8th Annual Security Week, aiming to promote more dialogue and knowledge exchange on crime and violence, with a focus on transparency and on police reforms.

IDB Hosts Capitol Hill Event on US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement

June 17, 2016
US Members of Congress Recognize IDB for its Leadership on Caribbean Development On June 15, 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill on “Opportunities and Challenges for the United States and Caribbean Region." A highlight of this IDB-CCAA event was remarks by Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the lead co-sponsors of H.R. 4939, the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R.