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.

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.

IDB launches Superheroes of Development contest to recognize executing agencies

March 04, 2019
In its second edition, the call for proposals will be open from March 4th to May 17th, 2019. The Superheroes of Development Award will recognize executing agencies of IDB-financed projects that have successfully addressed challenges during its implementation. The contest will identify eight finalists from across Latin America and the Caribbean who will travel to IDB’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to present their solutions.

Quality expenditure and digitalization, priorities for Central America, Dominican Republic

February 15, 2019
The IDB brings regional Governors to its Washington, D.C. headquarters to consider policy options to speed up growth and reduce poverty The Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB), Central American Isthmus and the Dominican Republic held their 33rd Annual Meeting to discuss options to achieve higher growth rates and foster productive activities in the years to come. The region grew 3.8 percent in 2018, way above the 1.1 percent average for Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole. In addition, it is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2019.

Latin America & Caribbean will need 23 million health and education professionals by 2040

January 29, 2019
A new IDB study from the series The future of work in Latin America and the Caribbean estimates that the region will need 12 million teachers, 3 million doctors and 8 million nurses by the year 2040. The study also highlights that jobs in education and health are good

Nicaragua’s Dry Corridor region to improve public healthcare services with IDB support

December 01, 2017
New project will boost medical care for 1.7 million Nicaraguans living in Nueva Segovia, Madriz, Esteli, Matagalpa and Jinotega The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $133 million loan to improve healthcare in Nicaragua’s so-called Dry Corridor, comprising the departments of Nueva Segovia, Madriz, Esteli, Matagalpa and Jinotega.

Better governance and greater integration to determine fate of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030

December 01, 2016
New Atlantic Council report commissioned by IDB offers contrasting scenarios for crime, democracy, trade and economic growth The Atlantic Council today released "Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios," a report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that looks at how the region's countries could evolve over the next 14 years, underscoring how more integration and better governance hold the key to greater prosperity.

1.8 million Nicaraguans will benefit from increase in health coverage

June 23, 2016
Program will reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in priority rural areas The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $45 million loan to help reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Nicaragua’s most vulnerable rural municipalities.

Nicaragua to improve hospital services in west of country with support from IDB

October 30, 2014
Loan of $85 million will help improve people's health The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved an $85 million loan to improve the availability and quality of specialized out-patient and hospital care in the western region of Nicaragua. To do this, efforts will be made to integrate with the network of primary and community health care so as to benefit people's health. 

Nicaragua will improve health and nutrition services in 700 rural communities

September 18, 2013
$35 million IDB financing for a program focused on women of childbearing age and infants  Nicaragua will receive $35 million in financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for a program to extend health services to rural communities, particularly focusing on children under 2 years and women of childbearing age.