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.

Spain makes contribution to IDB’s migration initiative

March 20, 2019
Event on migration analyzes impact on Latin America MADRID - Spain has made a $5 million contribution to help the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) tackle urgent development challenges posed by the rise of transborder migrations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The contribution was announced at the conference Migration and Cities: The Road to Inclusive Integration held March 20, 2019 in Madrid.

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.

IDB launches Blue Tech Challenge with up to US$2M in funding for Blue Economy proposals

September 24, 2018
The IDB through its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), Natural Capital Lab, Sustainable Islands Platform, and in alliance with the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility, which is also supported by DFID, CDB and the Government of Canada, will identify firms and organizations looking to pilot and scale up business models that use cutting edge technologies to contribute to the sustainable management of oceans, marine ecosystems and coastal resources.

Government spending waste costs Latin America and Caribbean 4.4% of GDP: IDB study

September 24, 2018
Inefficiencies and fraud in procurement, civil service and targeted transfers could be as large as $220 billion a year Report includes policy recommendations to improve spending in healthcare, education, infrastructure and public safety

Better management of tight budgets could help Latin American and Caribbean governments to raise living standards - OECD/IDB

December 06, 2016
SANTIAGO, Chile – Governments in Latin America will need to improve public sector management and capacity – including budget allocation – to compensate for the pressure on public finances from sliding commodity prices, according to a new report by the OECD and Inter-American Development Bank covering more than 15 countries in the region.

Finance ministers discuss deeper regional integration to stimulate growth and development in LAC

October 05, 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean is urged to implement a bold integration agenda Finance ministers of the Americas and the Caribbean, and the heads of the Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Treasury met today at the IDB to discuss policy options for relaunching regional integration to stimulate growth and contribute to long-term development in the region.

Inter-American Development Bank / World Bank / Caribbean Development Bank joint press release on International Monetary Fund staff-level agreement with Suriname

April 15, 2016
The Government of Suriname and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed on the key elements of an economic program that would be supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). A reform agenda was put forward by the Surinamese authorities to stabilize Suriname’s economy and to set the stage for its recovery.

Uruguay’s Microfin to expand access to financial services to microenterprises with IDB support

September 20, 2012
25,000 microentrepreneurs expected to gain access to working capital Microfin will get a partial credit guarantee for 51.4 million Uruguayan pesos from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), paving the way for one of Uruguay’s leading microfinance institutions to expand access to financial services for as many as 25,000 microentrepreneurs who own small stores in periurban areas.

Costa Rica’s Banco BAC San José to expand mortgage lending and credit to SMEs with IDB support

June 28, 2012
Banco BAC San José S.A., Costa Rica’s largest private bank, will get a loan of as much as $40 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to expand mortgage financing and lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).