Ecuador issues world's first Sovereign Social Bond, with the support of an IDB guarantee

January 16, 2020
The issuance of $400 million will provide access to housing for more than 24,000 families and will mobilize approximately $1.35 billion in investments Ecuador has issued a Sovereign Social Bond in the international market for $400 million, becoming the first country in the world to make this type of placement.

IDB Launches Public Consultations for new Environmental and Social Policy Framework

January 14, 2020
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today launched the public consultation process for a new Environmental and Social Policy Framework. The draft policy framework under consultation is a key element of a broader modernization process aimed at strengthening the environmental and social sustainability of IDB’s operations and allowing for a more effective response to the challenges faced by Latin American and Caribbean countries seeking sustainable growth.

Suriname to increase the electricity coverage in rural areas with IDB support

December 23, 2019
The project will also help consolidate the energy reform and contribute to the diversification of the energy matrix. The Inter-American Development Bank approved a US$ 30 million investment loan to Suriname to support adequate and modern access to sustainable electricity to enhance the living conditions for rural populations while improving the rural business environment with better provision of electricity as a public service.

Mexico will strengthen its territorial and urban planning with IDB support

December 18, 2019
Mexico will continue its urban development and territorial planning reforms with a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that is part of a programmatic series in support of policy reforms.

Inter-American Development Bank to hold Annual Meeting in Barranquilla, Colombia

December 17, 2019
Online media registration is available for March 18-22 gathering of Latin American and Caribbean leaders The Inter-American Development Bank and IDB Invest will hold its Annual Meeting in Barranquilla, Colombia on March 18-22, with economic and financial leaders from its 48 member countries looking to make economic growth mor

IDB approves three operations for Honduras totaling US$134.7 million

December 12, 2019
Digital transformation, rural and productive development programs in the Dry Corridor, and improvement of the climatic resilience of forests will be financed through loans and donations Digital transformation for increased competitiveness

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.

The Government of France becomes founding donor of the IDB´s Natural Capital Lab

December 02, 2019
The Government of the France will contribute €24 million to the Natural Capital Lab of the Inter-American Development Bank, becoming its founding donor. France´s Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Brune Poirson, and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno today signed the establishment of the initiative on the sidelines of Chile COP25 in Madrid, Spain.

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 and three regional development banks launch joint report on livable cities

October 25, 2019
The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a joint report titled, Creating Livable Cities: Regional Perspectives. The report looks at urbanization trends across emerging and developing economies across the world.