Call for proposals 2020

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In response to the exceptional circumstances that the world and Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing, the 2020 Call for Proposals under the Regional Public Goods Initiative:
  • Will prioritize the resources available to finance proposals related to the coordination of policies and solutions at the regional level to tend to, prevent and deal with future consequences of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean, in line with the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) initiatives underway to meet these needs in the social, fiscal, infrastructure, environmental, and trade fields, among others. Notwithstanding, the Initiative will continue accepting proposals in other priority areas aligned with the IDB's sectoral goals, objectives, and priorities on a subsidiary basis.

  • Will accept official emails (PDF format) from the highest level of the governmental agency responsible for public policy affected by the proposal, in lieu of the letter of commitment generally required for proposal eligibility. These emails must indicate the intent of the relevant authority to participate and support the project in question, in the same tenor as the model letter of commitment available at In the case of proposals from the private non-profit sector, the no-objection of the official IDB link will also be accepted via email (PDF). Please note that these letters or emails must be uploaded as PDF files directly into their allocated slots in the online submission form. Due to tracking and possible errors, letters or emails directed to  will not be considered.

New closing date of the 2020 Call for Proposals: May 15, 2020 at 05:00 p.m. (US Eastern Standard Time)

Central American Protocol for Procurement and Quality Control of Medicine

This Regional Public Good resulted in a Regional Drug Quality Control Protocol to promote access to safe, effective and good quality medicines for countries in Central America. The project established procedures and a regulatory framework that allowed for the acquisition of medicines through joint price negotiation processes. As a result of 5 rounds of negotiation, eight Central American countries were able to generate an aggregate saving of 38 million dollars.



Learning in 21st Century Schools

Since 2011, the Regional Public Goods Initiative has financed the project "Learning in 21st century schools". This project facilitates the exchange best practices for the design, planning and management of school infrastructure in 14 Latin American countries. Through the analysis of regulatory aspects and construction, and the development and implementation of a methodology for gathering information, the participating countries have promoted changes, harmonization and improvements in the regulations governing the construction of schools in the region.