The IDB & The GovLab launch Smarter Crowdsourcing in the Age of Coronavirus

July 07, 2020
The Smarter Crowdsourcing initiative brings together a network of public leaders and global experts to address the challenges of managing a pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean. Brooklyn, NY – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) together with The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, today launched “Smarter Crowdsourcing in the Age of Coronavirus.” This rapid policy advising initiative convenes pu
2020-07-07

IDB and Fundación FEMSA bestow water, sanitation and solid waste innovation awards

June 29, 2020
The three winners of the 2020 IDB-FEMSA Award to innovation in water, sanitation and solid waste will receive up to US $10,000 The Inter-American Development Bank and the FEMSA Foundation announced the launching of the 2020 IDB-FEMSA Awards, which since 2009 recognize the most innovative solutions in the water, sanitation and solid waste management sectors.
2020-06-29

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

IDB expands coverage for COVID-19 and public health risks in contingent loans

June 09, 2020
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is expanding the risks covered under the Contingent Credit Facility for Natural Disaster Emergencies (CCF) to include public health risks and COVID-19.
2020-06-09

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 Group announces priority support areas for countries affected by COVID-19

March 26, 2020
The Group will finance a response to the public health emergency; safety nets for vulnerable populations; economic productivity and employment; and fiscal policies to ameliorate economic impacts. The Inter-American Development Bank and IDB Invest have outlined their focus for deploying the financial and technical resources made available to borrowing member countries and companies to address the crisis created by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
2020-03-26

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.
2019-10-28

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.

Program to eliminate malaria in Mesoamerica identifies 183 active outbreaks

August 23, 2019
The Regional Initiative to Eliminate Malaria has presented today its first results to the heads of state and government of the region. The goal is for Central America countries, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico to be declared free of Malaria by 2022. The Regional Initiative to Eliminate Malaria (IREM in Spanish) presented today to the heads of state and government of Mesoamerica the first results of the joint efforts being waged since early 2019 to eliminate malaria from these countries by 2022.