Panama to Host Latin America’s Top Public-Private Partnerships Forum, PPP Americas

May 18, 2022
The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced that Panama City will host the 11th regional forum in 2023. The announcement followed a bilateral meeting between the president of the IDB, Mauricio Claver-Carone, and the president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, to discuss joint efforts to accelerate Panama's development and explore opportunities to enhance Panama's leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean.
2022-05-18

IDB Lab Launches Call to Manage Chemicals and Hazardous Waste in the Caribbean

April 19, 2022
IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank, convened the BlueTech for Waste Challenge, an initiative to find innovative solutions that contribute to the sustainable management of chemicals and hazardous waste in twelve countries in the Caribbean. This call is made in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through its Global ISLANDS program, in order to protect human health and the environment and address the climate vulnerabilities of the region.
2022-04-19

IDB Lab Investment Seeks to Digitize Small Businesses in Brazilian Favelas

April 06, 2022
IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, will invest $1.5 million in Brazilian startup, Dolado, to promote the digitalization of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) operating in Brazil’s favelas. This capital will allow for the development of a platform that provides small merchants with access to credit and supply chains, as well as management tools that are custom-tailored for their specificities.
2022-04-06

Canada to Support IDB Gender and Diversity Knowledge Initiative

March 29, 2022
The Government of Canada will provide a CAD$1 million (US$798,000) in international assistance funding to the Gender and Diversity Lab (GDLab), the Inter-American Development Bank Group initiative dedicated to high-impact research to support a more inclusive and equitable society in Latin America and the Caribbean. Launched in May of 2021, GDLab promotes, leads and finances high-impact research to advance equality for gender and vulnerable populations.
2022-03-29

IDB Lab and WeXchange Launch New Call to STEM Women Entrepreneurs

March 21, 2022
The initiative, aimed at fast-growing women entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean, will be open until April 8. Those selected will have access to investors and to training at a bootcamp organized by Google.
2022-03-21

Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic are Recovering, but Face Challenges

March 14, 2022
According to the latest IDB Group report, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic have already recovered pre-pandemic economic activity levels. During 2021 the IDB Group approved $3.38 billion in financing to support the productive sector, inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, employment, value chains, and digitalization.  
2022-03-14

IDB approves $300 million to support vulnerable populations in Guatemala

February 16, 2022
The program supports policy measures to improve the quality of social spending, particularly the targeting, governance, and transparency of social protection programs and the comprehensive improvement of the timeliness and quality of managed prenatal, childbirth, and newborn care. The measures promoted with this operation reinforce the commitment to the inclusion of indigenous populations and the implementation of health services with cultural relevance. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $300 million policy support operati
2022-02-16

More Trust will Power a Stronger Recovery in Latin America and Caribbean: IDB Report

January 13, 2022
Lack of trust shown to undermine firm growth and innovation. Report calls for key reforms to promote trust and boost post-COVID recovery. Dealing with power and information asymmetries needed to improve trust.  Increasing trust is key to a more dynamic business sector and economic reforms needed for a stronger post-COVID recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a new flagship report by the Inter-American Development Bank.
2022-01-13

The IDB launches new Environmental and Social Policy Framework

December 14, 2021
The IDB has launched a new Environmental and Social Policy Framework (ESPF) as part of its commitment to help achieve sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
2021-12-14