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 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, Germany and Switzerland partner to transform vocational training in LAC

October 18, 2019
Multi-donor fund of US$13 million will accelerate the transformation of technical and vocational education and training in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) and the Government of Switzerland, represented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), have launched the TVET Fund, a new multi-donor fund that aims to transform

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.

Global Alliance to Promote the Use of Blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 30, 2018
Representatives of the IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, together with representatives of the world's leading technology and consulting companies, announced today the launch of LAC-Chain, a new alliance to promote the use of blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean. The presentation of this new alliance took place at the FOROMIC 2018 conference, which is being held this year in Barranquilla, Colombia.

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.