Costa Rica confronts pandemic and safeguards macroeconomic stability with IDB support

June 22, 2020
Costa Rica will receive a $250 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance its efforts to contain the COVID-19 sanitary crisis and mitigate its impacts on the economy. The budget-support, fast disbursement loan is in line with a rapid financial assistance (RFI) arrangement approved in April by the International Monetary Fund to help tackle the COVID-19 emergency and its effects on the country’s economy.
2020-06-22

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, everis NTT Data, and Microsoft provide governments digital solutions during COVID-19

June 15, 2020
Digi/Gob platform will support government continuity in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), everis NTT Data, and Microsoft have joined forces to provide governments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) with immediate digital solutions through the Digi/Gob platform, helping to ensure the continuity of administrative procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020-06-15

Wikimedia Foundation joins coalition to promote transversal skills for the 21st century

May 26, 2020
Washington, D.C. – The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, has joined the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Coalition for Transversal Skills in the 21st Century, centered on ensuring inclusion, equity, and quality education in Latin American and Caribbean countries.
2020-05-26

Paraguay will strengthen public policy and fiscal management to tackle COVID-19

May 18, 2020
A $210 million loan from the IDB and KIF will address public health and economic impact caused by the pandemic  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved today a loan for Paraguay to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of its public policy and fiscal management to address the public health and economic crises triggered by COVID-19.
2020-05-18

Latin America and Caribbean: Tax revenue under threat amid deteriorating regional outlook

May 07, 2020
Tax revenues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) increased to 23.1% of GDP on average in 2018, according to the new edition of Revenue Statistics in Latin America in the Caribbean published today. However, these gains are now under threat as a result of the region’s deteriorating fiscal outlook, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic crisis.
2020-05-07

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

Paraguay uses InvestmentMap to make transparent the resources of the COVID-19 emergency

April 29, 2020
As part of the RindiendoCuentas initiative, the Government of the Republic of Paraguay has officially launched the InvestmentMap + Module COVID-19 platform. This platform is a technological data visualization tool that will provide detailed information on the destination and use of available public resources mobilized to face the coronavirus crisis.  The platform was developed with non-reimbursable technical assistance from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 
2020-04-29

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 report proposes economic policies to help countries overcome sharp contraction

April 09, 2020
The 2020 Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report analyzes growth scenarios amid coronavirus pandemic Latin America and the Caribbean will see sharp growth reductions of between 1.8 percent and 5.5 percent of GDP in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-04-09