IDB, Germany and Switzerland partner to transform vocational training in LAC

October 18, 2019
Multi-donor fund of US$13 million will accelerate the transformation of technical and vocational education and training in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) and the Government of Switzerland, represented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), have launched the TVET Fund, a new multi-donor fund that aims to transform

Costa Rica to improve roads and ease traffic flow with IDB support

September 26, 2019
A line of credit of $350 million will finance investments in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica so as to improve urban transport  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will offer Costa Rica a long-term line of financing for investment in sustainable projects to improve and expand parts of its Strategic Road Network, specifically to enhance development and the flow of traffic in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). 

Cartoonist from Paraguay wins contest on the future of work sponsored by the IDB

June 11, 2019
COMPETITION OF CARTOONS AND ILLUSTRATIONS RECEIVED 365 PROPOSALS CARTOONIST FROM ECUADOR WIN THE FAVORITE CHOSEN BY THE PUBLIC The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced that the cartoonist from Paraguay Manuel González was selected by the jury as the winner of the Third Cartoon and Illustrations Contest: The Future of Work in Latin America and the Caribbean, with his piece "La historia del robo". 

IDB launches cartoon and illustration contest on the future of work

February 25, 2019
The competition seeks the most creative cartoonists and illustrators in Latin America and the Caribbean; entries accepted through March 31, 2019 The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announces the launching of its third edition of the Cartoon and Illustration Contest under the theme The Future of Work.

Guatemala to improve and rehabilitate the national road network with IDB support

February 07, 2019
A US$150 MILLION OPERATION WILL CONTRIBUTE TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE COUNTRY’S ROADS The Inter-American Development Bank approved a US$150 million operation to Guatemala to implement an ambitious improvement and rehabilitation program of the roads connecting productive areas and departmental capitals to the main networks.

Government spending waste costs Latin America and Caribbean 4.4% of GDP: IDB study

September 24, 2018
Inefficiencies and fraud in procurement, civil service and targeted transfers could be as large as $220 billion a year Report includes policy recommendations to improve spending in healthcare, education, infrastructure and public safety

Pilot program uses blockchain to improve youth employment in Costa Rica

September 20, 2018
The Innovation Lab of the IDB Group (MIF), the Monge Foundation, and BanQu, a for-purpose blockchain as-a-service company, have joined forces to launch a pilot program aimed at improving Costa Rican youth employment outcomes.  This new pilot seeks to provide Costa Rican youth with secure and immutable records of certificate completion from school, internships, and employment using blockchain technology.

Caribbean leaders launch plan to make region a “climate-smart zone,” with IDB support

December 11, 2017
Paris — The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) announced its support for the newly formed Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, a public-private initiative aimed at funding an $8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit an estimated 3.2 million households in the region.

IDB Group and Civil Society discuss sustainable development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

November 07, 2017
More than 500 civil society representatives from 26 nations and international experts share knowledge on innovation from the perspective of future jobs, intelligent cities, the digital economy and social innovation SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia – More than 500 representatives from Latin American and Caribbean Civil Societies organizations met in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with senior Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) officials to discuss ways to put innovation at the service of sustainable development.

Robotlution: A new IDB publication on the automation of employment and how it will impact productivity

August 23, 2017
Mexico and Brazil are leading the region in the use of robots: one to two robots per thousand workers  Will robotization destroy or displace jobs or will it create new, more sustainable ones? Can technological change play a part in reducing inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean? These are some of the key questions that 40 international experts responded to in “Robotlution.