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.

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, 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 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 60th anniversary activities begin with business summit focused on development themes

September 26, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank kicked off its 60th anniversary celebrations with a Business Summit in Washington on the transformational innovations taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region’s insertion into the digital economy, and the challenges of building sustainable infrastructure.

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.

Coding bootcamps as a response to the shortage of digital talent in Latin America

August 05, 2019
A new publication of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) entitled “Disrupting Talent: The Emergence of Coding Bootcamps and the Future of Digital Skills”, explores the potential of bootcamps as a fast and effective alternative to solve the shortage of digital talent in Latin America and the Caribbean.

IDB approves grant funds for countries receiving migrants in Latin America and Caribbean

May 07, 2019
Grant resources will support inclusive national development investments, regional projects, research, training on critical issues, and innovative solutions impacting development in region The Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank has approved the use of its special grant facility to support operations that help countries integrate migrants into local communities and contribute to their development.

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.