IDB Launches Public Consultations for new Environmental and Social Policy Framework

January 14, 2020
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today launched the public consultation process for a new Environmental and Social Policy Framework. The draft policy framework under consultation is a key element of a broader modernization process aimed at strengthening the environmental and social sustainability of IDB’s operations and allowing for a more effective response to the challenges faced by Latin American and Caribbean countries seeking sustainable growth.

Inter-American Development Bank to hold Annual Meeting in Barranquilla, Colombia

December 17, 2019
Online media registration is available for March 18-22 gathering of Latin American and Caribbean leaders The Inter-American Development Bank and IDB Invest will hold its Annual Meeting in Barranquilla, Colombia on March 18-22, with economic and financial leaders from its 48 member countries looking to make economic growth mor

Reducing Trade Costs Could Increase commerce with Asia by US$69 billion: IDB Report

December 09, 2019
Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean to Asia could grow 27 percent in the medium term if trade costs associated with tariffs, transportation, and logistics are reduced, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank.

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.

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 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.

Nearly 1,400 indigenous entrepreneurs in Panama to boost revenue with support from IDB

May 20, 2019
A USD43 MILLION OPERATION WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO FINANCING, INVESTMENT IN PRODUCTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a USD40 million loan to Panama, complemented by a local contribution of USD3 million, to implement an ambitious program financial inclusion and indigenous entrepreneurship in the country's 12 indigenous regions.

IDB study estimates big GDP impacts from low infrastructure investments in Latin America

April 15, 2019
Growth in Latin American and Caribbean is sharply impacted by the failure to invest in infrastructure and the cost rises over time, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank. The study looks at energy, transportation, telecommunications, and water and sanitation sectors in six countries indicative of the reality for the entire region: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Chile, Jamaica and Peru.

Weaker global outlook trims Latin America and Caribbean growth prospects

April 15, 2019
Infrastructure investments seen as critical to help region overcome global headwinds A combination of economic shocks could lower growth in Latin America and the Caribbean by an annual average of up to 1.7 percent in 2019-2021 of GDP, according to the Inter-American Development Bank’s Macroeconomic Report, bringing the baseline growth rate from 2.5 percent to just 0.8 percent.