How Digitalization Can Accelerate Future Financial Services in the Region

The rapid digitalization of the financial sector in Latin America and the Caribbean is paving the way for agile and innovative solutions that enhance competitiveness.

A New Miracle? The Promises of Digitalization and Financial Inclusion in Latin America

Firms and individuals either lack trust in the financial sector or lack digital skills or savviness, limiting the adoption of digital financial technologies in larger numbers.

Good Government and the Fight Against Air Pollution’s Mortal Threat

When we think of our personal health, we tend to focus on things like giving up tobacco and alcohol. Air pollution is not at the top of of the list, but it belongs there.

ChatGPT and the Future of Coding Bootcamps

The emergence of ChatGPT and other Large Language Models (LLMs) represents a profound shift in how we approach coding and, by extension, how we teach it.

Monitoring the city with drones: Artificial Intelligence in environmental management

Artificial intelligence, when used under ethical standards, is poised to address many of the current challenges, including those faced by cities in Latin America and the Caribbean

Despite persistent headwinds, the Caribbean sees a robust post-pandemic recovery

The latest edition of the IDB’s Caribbean Economics Quarterly (August 2023) highlights these and related challenges and opportunities for the region.

Disabilities, the Pandemic, and the Pursuit of Tertiary Education

Countries need strong policies and coordinated support among higher education institutions to ensure that students with disabilities are not left behind.

Has the region’s tourism sector already overcome the pandemic’s impact?

This is the first entry in a series of blogposts about the structural changes that the pandemic brought to the tourism sector in the Caribbean.

Empowering the Caribbean: A Journey Towards Sustainable Energy

Learn more about the pressing need for sustainable energy solutions in the Caribbean and the pivotal role that collective efforts can play in shaping a brighter future for all

How to design a house considering the needs of people with disabilities?

In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), close to 100 million people have some form of disability making it necessary to create housing that is inclusive and adapted to the needs

Digital Accessibility: A Starter’s Guide

At the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we are actively advocating for and working towards a more accessible digital environment. Read more here.

IDB Group Launches Broad Public Consultation Process to Draft New Institutional Strategy

Government, private sector and civil society representatives from 26 countries, as well as international stakeholders, will be able to participate.

Become the next Superhero of Development!

If you are helping to improve lives in the region, we want to hear your story and highlight your work. Share your experiences and lessons learned.

The Gender and Energy Nexus: A call for inclusion in Trinidad & Tobago’s green hydrogen industry

T&T has confirmed its commitment towards reducing its carbon emissions and contributing to the sustainable development of its energy sector.

Have you ever been discriminated against?

The IDB wants to know how to reduce discrimination and maximize development opportunities for the region's most disadvantaged population.

The Great Tech Revolution: Artificial General Intelligence & Multilateral Development Banks

Multilateral development banks can help ensure that artificial general intelligence is developed and used in a way that benefits everyone and minimizes potential harms.

Four benefits of developing listening skills and the steps to achieve it

Active listening brings enormous benefits. Although it is difficult to achieve listening skills, they can be taught.

Governors embrace vision, priorities and plans for the IDB Group

Governors expressed support for the new President’s proposed vision and priorities - presented in the Annual Meeting - for the Latin American and Caribbean region and the Bank.

How to prevent child abuse to eradicate violence in Latin America and the Caribbean?

According to the most recent statistics, two out of every three children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean are victims of child abuse or violence at home.

WHAT, HOW, WHEN and WHERE to include stakeholders in development projects

At the IDB, we create tools to plan the timely and meaningful inclusion of civil society that contribute to reduce the gap of social inclusion and inequality.

Climate change: when governments' climate agendas move forward also thanks to the inclusion of stakeholders.

The effects of climate change represent an urgent challenge to address: civil society is an important part of promoting government agendas in this direction.

Transparency, Access to Information and effective interested parties Inclusion

The IDB reached out to more than 9,000 stakeholders in 26 countries who provided input to strengthen the design and implementation of the proposed new Access to Information Policy

How can the digitisation of public services improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Digital communications, online shopping and social media have transformed the way most people in the region socialize and do business.

Public consultation for the new Access to Information policy: IDB ends stage of virtual meetings with more than 9 thousand CSOs convened in 26 countries

Hundreds of inputs have been received, reaching the highest standards of inclusion and diversity both geographically and in terms of organizational profiles throughout LAC.

Can soft-skills training improve business outcomes of microentrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurship is the heartbeat of small business growth. Therefore, many initiatives attempt to improve entrepreneurs’ skill sets to improve productivity in businesses.

IDB to Begin Public Consultations on New Access to Information Policy Proposal

The public consultation will consist of three phases, the details of which will be shared through the Public Consultation Process Portal.

Do test scores determine school quality?

Student performance on standardized tests is typically the main measure of school quality. Important decisions often rely on test-score metrics.

Series of round tables with local partners on stakeholder inclusion in development projects 2022

With an attendance of more than 30 people from all regions of the country, the third 2022 thematic dialogue was held in Guyana on August 3.

How community involvement contributes to inclusive program delivery in Guyana

Engaging beneficiary communities in program planning and coordination is key for inclusive and sustainable development in Guyana.

Six reasons to nurture urban parks

It is proven that green spaces generate multiple benefits that improve our overall wellbeing.

Express strategy: IDB Group-Civil Society Engagement

Learn how the IDB includes citizens in an early and timely manner through planning for effective citizen participation.

The GPS of the Group-Civil Society Engagement Strategy

What are the entry points to participate in the engagement levels and who areresponsible for implementing the strategy in the country?

Trinidad & Tobago: publication of interest

Los siguientes son los productos de conocimiento generados por el BID en colaboración con sociedad civil

Suriname: 2 publications of interest

Los siguientes son los productos de conocimiento generados por el BID en colaboración con sociedad civil

Jamaica: 3 publications of interest

Los siguientes son los productos de conocimiento generados por el BID en colaboración con sociedad civil

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Jairo Quirós: “The Costa Rican electrical matrix is practically 100% renewable”

In this video the researcher explores the key elements for the socio-economic context in Costa Rica, as well as advancements in the academia to transition towards decarbonization

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Laura Secada: “The role of citizen participation in Perú’s Climate Change Policy is key”

Aprende a incorporar aportes de actores no gubernamentales en las Contribuciones Nacionalmente Determinadas en Perú para adaptación y mitigación del cambio climático.

Job opportunity: Data Scientist

We are looking for a Social Data Analyst to be an expert on using our AI #CivicLytics. Apply until March 15th.

Excelsior: What worried people the most during the first 120 days of COVID-19? (Spanish)

CivicLytics detected rough spikes in anxiety in the moment quarantine measures were announced.

Forbes: What worried people the most in Latin America and the Caribbean during the first 120 days of the pandemic? (Spanish)

Mentioning the IDB report based on Artificial Intelligence for analyzing citizen trends in millions of online comments.

Planning citizen participation with results: How to carry out effective public consultations?

Evidence shows that planning for effective citizen participation has direct effects in project resources.

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CiviClytiCs: AI for not leaving anyone behind

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool shows real-time citizen’s perceptions and worries expressed online, in each country in Latin America and the

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Graham Watkins: “We are considering future recovery packages including sustainable infrastructure”

The Principal Environmental Specialist draws a link between climate change mitigation strategies and COVID-19 recovery that might be carried out by organizations like the IDB.

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Flavia Milano: “Citizen participation is changing history”

Our leading specialist in citizen participation matters at the IDB, Flavia Milano, approaches lessons learned in the region during the crisis of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: news and contacts from governments in the region

We share key links to support citizens, governments, and businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 emergency.

Keys for facing climate change in the region

Actions against climate change are boosted through effective linkage between governments, civil society and private sector. Click to learn how.

Lessons from Four Decades of Infrastructure Project-Related Conflicts in Latin America and the Caribbean

This report investigates the nature and consequences of conflict in infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean

Survey: ethics and Artificial Intelligence

The survey seeks to promote the responsible adoption of AI to improve the provision of social services and create opportunities for development.

Rethinking the relationship between the IDB Group and Civil Society: The Panama experience

The Panama IDB Country Office developed an innovative method to facilitate citizen participation in the design of their Country Strategy.

How to access Premium features on WiConnect?

Now multiple members of an organization can access scholarships, grants, and exclusive events.

We The People. Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean

In this interactive publication, you will learn a social model of disability

Apply now: JK VISIONARIES AWARD

The winning organization will receive US$100,000 in recognition of its work, and to encourage their ongoing efforts to improve lives.

Engaging Citizens for Transparent Societies: How is the Caribbean doing?

The intersection between citizen engagement and transparency was the center of the conversation at this year's IDB Group-Caribbean Civil Society Meeting.

Call for applications: financing for CSOs working with Venezuelans in Latin America and the Caribbean

El JuntosEsMejor Challenge ofrecerá financiamiento para un proyecto que mejore las vidas de venezolanos en la región.

Online course: Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement

Individuals interested in the environmental sector can sign-up for this course that begins on September 24th, to learn how to conduct public consultations.

Towards a Deep-Decarbonization: The Case of Costa Rica

This ambitious plan has proven the value of understanding social variables: the knowledge civil society members have to share with governments and private sector.

Civic participation and information: a relationship unprecedented in history

After concluding our yearly meeting about citizen engagement in Latin America, we reflect on the new trends we discovered in the region.

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IDB Group-Civil Society: New Engagement Strategy

What strategies add value to the relationship of governments, companies and civil society?

Minimum Wages and the Fight Against Inequality

Many policymakers say minimum wage hikes are crucial to reducing inequality. They look at Latin America and see abundant evidence, including the fact that in various countries ...

Three are better than one: Government, Civil Society, Private Sector. Joint efforts in Caribbean countries toward sustainable development

The Caribbean has promising resources and land, it is shocking to acknowledge that this region faces many development challenges that threat its magnificence and its sustainable development. This sour [...]

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