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.

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 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.

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.

Inter-American Development Bank Group to hold Annual Meeting in Chengdu, China

December 20, 2018
Online media registration is available for March 26-31 gathering of Latin American and Caribbean leaders Spotlight on small and mid-sized firms, green financing, sustainable infrastructure investing The Inter-American Development Bank Group will hold its Annual Meeting in Chengdu, China, on March 26-31.

Millennials have potential that Latin America and Caribbean must not squander, says study

November 22, 2018
Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean have weak cognitive skills but their socio-emotional abilities are strong, according to the study “Millennials in Latin America and the Caribbean: to work or to study?” The report, which is the result of research drawing on more than 15,000 people in nine countries, also found a high level of optimism and aspiration in this new generation of workers. Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean have great potential but it could end u

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.

Pilot program uses blockchain to improve youth employment in Costa Rica

September 20, 2018
The Innovation Lab of the IDB Group (MIF), the Monge Foundation, and BanQu, a for-purpose blockchain as-a-service company, have joined forces to launch a pilot program aimed at improving Costa Rican youth employment outcomes.  This new pilot seeks to provide Costa Rican youth with secure and immutable records of certificate completion from school, internships, and employment using blockchain technology.