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 announces innovative solution to address ocean plastic pollution in Haiti

October 07, 2019
IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, will support Environmental Cleaning Solutions S.A. (ECSSA) capacity to recycle plastic in Haiti.   Haiti is considered one of the countries with the greatest risk of plastic entering the ocean.  The country generates a large volume of plastic waste in urban areas due to high consumption of treated water, soft drinks, and take away meals sold in plastic containers. 

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.

Hurricane Dorian: IDB provides $100 million in emergency funding line to The Bahamas

September 06, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank will provide $100 million to help finance humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in The Bahamas, following widespread loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Optimal sanitation: Focus on the Americas at World Water Week 2019

August 26, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank is coordinating the Focus on the Americas sessions during World Water Week in Sweden’s capital, with a focus on adopting a new paradigm to close the gap in secure sanitation services in the region. STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Providing safe sanitation for all in Latin America requires not only significant investments, but a change of paradigm to be able to do more with less resources. Right now, only 22% to the population of Latin America and the Caribbean have access to those services.

Members of international community discuss collaboration in support of Venezuela

July 08, 2019
Representatives of cooperation agencies, along with directors and counselors of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) member countries, met this morning with the Bank's administration at the institution's headquarters to discuss possible areas of collaboration in support of Venezuela. During the meeting, IDB specialists presented an analysis of the macroeconomic outlook and the main development challenges facing Venezuela.

IDB-FEMSA Award to innovation on water & sanitation opens call for 2019

June 12, 2019
The IDB-FEMSA Awards to innovation on water and sanitation are reaching their tenth anniversary in 2019 and will be celebrating the occasion with a special edition that calls on those who have innovative solutions to compete for a special prize.   First, second, and third place winners of the IDB-FEMSA Awards will receive $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 in cash, respectively. This year will also feature a special category called “All stars,” where prior editions finalists will compete for a one-time cash prize of $15,000.

The IDB supports Chile in a sovereign green bond development

May 31, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced today that it has supported the Government of Chile in the preparation of the documentation and necessary certification for the issuance of a sovereign green bond.

IDB approves grant funds for countries receiving migrants in Latin America and Caribbean

May 07, 2019
Grant resources will support inclusive national development investments, regional projects, research, training on critical issues, and innovative solutions impacting development in region The Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank has approved the use of its special grant facility to support operations that help countries integrate migrants into local communities and contribute to their development.

IDB study estimates big GDP impacts from low infrastructure investments in Latin America

April 15, 2019
Growth in Latin American and Caribbean is sharply impacted by the failure to invest in infrastructure and the cost rises over time, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank. The study looks at energy, transportation, telecommunications, and water and sanitation sectors in six countries indicative of the reality for the entire region: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Chile, Jamaica and Peru.