Colombia leads the 2019 Global Financial Inclusion Microscope for the 2nd consecutive year

October 31, 2019
Dominican Republic – Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico lead the ranking of the Global Microscope on the environment for financial inclusion, an index that focuses on regulation, political strategies, and infrastructure to address this issue. In these four countries, financial inclusion is a priority and incorporates digital approaches. While Colombia and Mexico lead public policy and consumer protection categories, Uruguay and Peru stand out in stability and financial integrity.

FOROMIC launches in the Dominican Republic, seeks to reinvent inclusion

October 31, 2019
The event was attended by IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. Dominican Republic – FOROMIC, the main event on innovation for the inclusion of Latin America and the Caribbean, has just started in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with the slogan “Reinventing Inclusion”. The event was inaugurated by the Minister of Finance, Donald Guerrero and the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno.

IDB will hold Policy Dialogue and Forum on Better Management and Public Expenditure

October 31, 2019
Decision-makers and experts from Latin American and Caribbean countries will hold the Regional Fiscal Policy Dialogue and the Third International Forum of the Decentralization Network and Subnational Fiscal Management in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will address the issue of better management and quality of public spending  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through the Fiscal Management Division, will conduct the Regional Fiscal Policy Dialogue and the Third International Forum of the Decentralization and Subnational Fiscal Management Network of Latin America and the

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 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.

Norway renews its commitment to the IDB transparency fund

October 17, 2019
A new donation of $2.2 million by Norway to transparency and integrity through a three-year contribution to support institutional and regulatory reform for the region The Transparency Fund is the main tool of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) to support its member countries in developing and implementing transparency and integrity reforms. The Government of Norway is one of the founding members of the (IDB)  Transparency Fund (AAF).

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.

Uruguay to simplify procedures for accessing public services with IDB support 

September 23, 2019
Program will benefit citizens, businesses and government employees by simplifying 513 administrative procedures and through greater use of digital technology  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $25 million loan that will finance a program in Uruguay to cut transaction costs for citizens and businesses accessing public services, by simplifying administrative procedures at the sectorial level and through greater use of digital technol

Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico win the Gobernarte 2019 Award with innovative ideas

September 23, 2019
The sixth edition of the “Gobernarte 2019 - Eduardo Campos Prize” contest of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) identified four innovative ideas for data use and citizen services presented by subnational governments of Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico as winners of this edition of the contest.

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.