IDB report envisions devastating tourism shocks to Latin America and the Caribbean

July 01, 2020
GDP declines relative to pre-crisis baseline scenarios of up to 19 percent. The study is also included in the new book from the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) Latin America and the Caribbean will suffer an unprecedented economic shock from a sharp downturn in tourism, according to a new paper by the Inter-American Development Bank.
2020-07-01

IDB Lab launches innovation challenge to revitalize tourism sector in 15 countries

June 16, 2020
Selected projects may receive up to US$500,000 in grants and up to US$2 million in loans
2020-06-16

IDB: COVID-19 Exposes Inadequate Support for Older People

June 12, 2020
Study shows that 8 million people over age 60 in Latin America and the Caribbean depend on long-term care.  “Age with Care” provides recommendations for building strong long-term care systems.
2020-06-12

The IDB and the Government of Sweden Launch Innovative Portfolio Guarantee in Guatemala

May 27, 2020
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Sweden have signed an agreement that establishes an innovative risk transfer mechanism to support development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The instrument will provide a Guarantee of up to $100 million from Sweden, enabling the IDB to increase lending up to $300 million for new projects in Bolivia, Colombia, and Guatemala.
2020-05-27

IDB Renews its Commitment to Support Migrant Host Countries

May 26, 2020
IDB pledges the availability of US$85 million in grants and expects to leverage US$1.1 billion in investment loans from 2020 and beyond The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that it has renewed its commitment to support Latin American and Caribbean migrants and their host communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020-05-26

Business leaders unveil recommendations to face COVID-19

April 30, 2020
The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD), a mechanism for advancing a public-private dialogue on public policies, today released a series of recommendations that seek to support the governments of the hemisphere in their health and economic response to the emergency of COVID-19. The 17 measures proposed by ABD can be found in the document Policy Recommendations on Addressing the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic and Mitigating Its Impacts.
2020-04-30

IDB disburses $25.3 million to support Ecuador’s COVID-19 response

April 16, 2020
Funds will increase capacity of national healthcare system, with focus on hard-hit Guayas province  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has disbursed approximately $25.3 million to the government of Ecuador to strengthen its healthcare services and help meet the medical needs of individuals affected by COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The funds will be used primarily to prepare intensive-care-unit beds in 28 hospitals and provide protective gear for medical staff in Guayas province.
2020-04-16

IDB launches interactive map of suppliers to respond to the COVID-19 emergency

April 28, 2020
The Inter-American Development Bank, through the ConnectAmericas business platform, launched today an interactive map that allows users to quickly locate and find suppliers of goods and services in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the rest of the world, to face the pandemic of COVID-19.
2020-04-28

IDB approves more funding for Central America and the Dominican Republic to fight COVID-19

April 17, 2020
Initially planned funding of US$1.1 billion surges to US$2.8 billion to confront the coronavirus crisis The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has made available to the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic nearly US$1.7 billion in additional funding for 2020 to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020-04-17

XCALA, IDB Lab and ConnectAmericas launch Venture Academy to train entrepreneurs

April 14, 2020
The Inter-American Development Bank, through the IDB Lab and ConnectAmericas, has joined forces with the Latin American Angel Investment Association (XCALA) to launch Venture Academy, a virtual and live training program on issues of entrepreneurship and capital raising for technology-based startups, small and medium-sized companies, and investors in Latin America and the Caribbean.
2020-04-14