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Urban development and housing
Urban Development and Housing

Helping cities in the region move towards more inclusive, resilient, and productive urbanization. 


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Sector Framework Initiatives Projects at a Glance
Madre llevando a su hija al colegio en el campo. Desarrollo rural y educación - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID

Our objective is to promote the sustainable development of cities in Latin America and the Caribbean through knowledge and investment that promote inclusion, productivity and resilience.

Improve infrastructure, services, and support for informal settlements.

Ensure universal access to quality housing, addressing quantity and quality gaps.

Enhance cities' resilience, preserving natural, built environments, and cultural heritage.

Strengthen governance and capacity for better urban planning and citizen participation.

Promote local economic development and provide urban finance solutions.

Local Government & Services

80% of LACs' population live in cities, receiving services through municipal governments, making it essential to improve local government capacity. 

Una familia numerosa reunida en la entrada de su casa. Desarrollo social - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
Informal Neighborhoods

86 million households ‒ 25% of the region’s urban population ‒ reside in informal neighborhoods, which lack basic services and regular land tenure. 

Familia sentada en la entrada de su vivienda en el campo. Medioambiente y equidad - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
55 million households have housing deficiencies

55 million households live in housing units that suffer some type of deficit and 70% of these households are in urban areas. 

Familia reunida con sus perros afuera de su casa. Diversidad e Inclusión - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
Heritage, culture, and the city

There are more than 80 UNESCO historical and cultural sites in Latin American cities, but only half of them have management plans. 

Jóvenes sentados en una mesa redonda estudiando. Educación y equidad de género - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
Vulnerability to climate change

Latin American cities are increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events, droughts, and floods; three quarters of Latin Americans live in low-lying coastal areas. 


Vista panorámica de barrio con edificios de colores. Mejorando Vidas - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
IDB Book Highlights Pension Systems Resilience During the Pandemic and Key Role of Public Policies
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today presented the book "Reshaping Retirement: Navigating Latin America’s Pension Systems after COVID-19," which highlights the pandemic’s impact on the region’s labor markets and pension systems and offers recommendations for policies to improve the...
May 23, 2024
IDB Lab Launches New WeXchange Calls for Women STEMpreneurs
Women-led technology startups in Latin America and the Caribbean may apply until June 30, 2024, on the WeXchange website.  IDB Lab, the innovation and venture laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, and its WeXchange platform, which promotes the growth of women technology...
May 23, 2024
IDB Group Launches 7th Edition of Superheroes of Development to Recognize Project Executors
The call will be open from May 20 to June 14, 2024 The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) launched the seventh edition of the Superheroes of Development contest to recognize clients and executing institutions excelling in the successful resolution of challenges during the...
May 21, 2024
Urban development: from emerging to sustainable cities in Latin America and the Caribbean
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Salud y Ciudad - Tu código postal importa más que tu código genético
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Mayors Forum 2023: Financing sustainable development of cities
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A water way with buildings and boats in it. Environment and Development - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Climate Action and the Paris Agreement: the Role of Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean
A graph of a group of people walking in a park. Sustainable Economic Development - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Inclusive Cities: Healthy Cities for All
Tram traveling on public roads at night. Urban innovation - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Big Data for Sustainable Urban Developement
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