IDB Lab and Google Announce the First Batch of the LAC Women Founders Accelerator Program

October 06, 2021
The program’s Demo Day will take place during the IX WeXchange Forum, to be held virtually on December 1-2 WeXchange, the IDB Lab platform that connects women entrepreneurs in STEM from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) with mentors and investors, and Google, have announced the 20 women-led startups selected to participate in the first edition of the LAC Women Founders Accelerator program.

IDB Lab and the IDB Announce the Results of the Silver Economy Challenge

October 05, 2021
Nine proposals are selected to design their projects to help improve the inclusion of older persons The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with its innovation laboratory, IDB Lab, have announced the results of the Silver Economy Innovation for Inclusion Challenge.  The challenge aims to turn aging into an engine for social inclusion and economic recovery.

Peru to Foster Amazon Region’s Sustainable Growth with IDB Support

October 05, 2021
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $20 million loan and $2 million in nonreimbursable investment financing from the France-IDB Natural Capital Lab Trust Fund (NCL) to increase biobusiness investments in the Amazon region of Peru and contribute to sustainable use of natural capital.

El Salvador will Increase Access to Credit for Social Housing with Funding from the IDB

September 30, 2021
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $50 million loan for a program to reduce El Salvador's housing deficit by providing loans for the purchase of affordable housing. The Social Housing Financing Program’s objective is to increase access to mortgage credit for working households with incomes of up to four Current Minimum Monthly Wages (SMMV) for the acquisition of affordable housing. 

New IDB Publication Focuses on Closing the Gender Gaps in the World of Work

September 30, 2021
The publication performs a diagnosis of gender gaps in Central America, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic and makes recommendations on how to boost female participation at the workplace and increase women’s incomes. The rates of women participation in the workplace in Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic have been rising over the past 20 years. However, they remain below the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) average.

IDB Announces the Winners of the Superheroes of Development 2021 Initiative

September 28, 2021
The IDB Group today announced the four winners of the Superheroes of Development 2021 Initiative’s fourth edition, which recognizes creative and innovative solutions during the execution of IDB Group-financed development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The IDB, IDB Lab and Beat join to improve the financial status of drivers

September 28, 2021
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), IDB Lab, and Beat, Latin America’s fastest growing ride-hailing app, announce today their official partnership in order  to promote and facilitate access to voluntary saving mechanisms for independent workers across four countries in Latin America.

IDB survey: Expectations improve for Latin American and Caribbean exporters

September 23, 2021
One out of every two exporting firms in Latin America and the Caribbean believe that international demand will grow in the next three months, compared to 16 percent in 2020, according to a survey by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Companies predict foreign demand to increase by 57 percent over the coming year, up from 36 percent in 2020 -- another sign of optimism in the exporting sector a year and a half after the COVID-19 outbreak.

Honduras will improve its logistics performance through sectoral reforms

September 21, 2021
The program will boost competitiveness and regional integration by consolidating the freight logistics services regulatory framework and updating foreign trade processes and technological systems. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $118.48 million loan to help Honduras improve its logistics performance with a view to boosting the sector’s integrated planning and upgrading trade facilitation processes.

LSE and IDB launch The Latin America and Caribbean Inequality Review

September 22, 2021
The IDB will host a launch event Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Call to Action on September 23 A new research project to investigate why inequality remains so stubbornly high in Latin America and to identify ways to address this development challenge has been launched by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Inequalities Institute (III) at the London School of