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Find out the latest in cutting-edge research and development across ever-evolving sectors that could be the basis for the revolution of society. Discover how Caribbean thinkers and doers are moving the region forward in the 21st century.

21st Century Approach To Education

A 21st Century Approach To Education

In the Caribbean, education is an extremely competitive and valued thing. Many embrace it as one of the primary means of social mobility and in most regional budgets it stands as one of the...
IDB and Microsoft launch

IDB Lab And Microsoft Launch Event Focused On Innovative Entrepreneurship

IDB Lab Forum Press Release: The first edition of IDB Lab Forum will be held from October 26 to 28 with the objective to promote innovation for inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Inter-American...
4 Ways AI Can Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

4 Ways AI Can Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

The threat of global warming grows as the years pass us by. It is a ticking clock and our time is just about to run out. If we fail to slow down climate change...
Towards Sustainable Flood Prevention

Towards Sustainable Flood Prevention

It’s the rainy season here in the Caribbean. Although most territories possess landscapes of varying elevation, flooding remains a persistent and seemingly never-ending danger for the region. Whether to mitigate the effects of storms...

Exploration Potential In Trinidad’s Southern Basin. The View As I See It

The Southern Basin of Trinidad has produced more than three and a half (3 1/2) billion barrels of oil and an unquantifiable amount of gas from the more than thirteen thousand (13,000) wells which...
5 Ways To Save Money During A Pandemic

5 Ways To Save Money During A Pandemic

More than a year ago the Caribbean region was struck by the global pandemic of COVID-19. Fast forward a year later and the now evolved disease continues to surge in waves of variants. Some...
Sustainable Development

Network of Regulators for Sustainable Development (REDES)

MEDIA INVITE Subject: IFDCMF | Launch Event | Network of Regulators for Sustainable Development (REDES) | May 19th, 2021 I am pleased to inform you that we are organizing a  launch event for  the Network of Regulators for...

A Watershed Moment For TT’s Energy Future

Late last year, an illuminating piece from Oilprice.com titled ‘This Century-Old Refinery Is Up For Sale’ gave a telling account of Trinidad and Tobago’s Petrotrin refinery closure. Indeed, the title alone speaks volumes. From...
Caribbean Sex Registry an Important Tool for Human Rights Defenders

Caribbean Sex Registry An Important Tool For Human Rights Defenders

Violence against women (VAG) is an ongoing issue in our society. In November and December, we usually raise awareness of the issues women face in terms of violence and crimes against them but we...
Effort includes multi-donor facility expected to mobilize $1.5 billion The Caribbean Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank backed Build Forward, a $3.5 billion multi-year program to help Caribbean countries sustainably recover while making technological leaps that will bring about a transformational future. The initiative includes a multi-donor facility to provide targeted grant and concessional financing for smart and resilient projects. The facility is expected to mobilize $1.5 billion in resources for a series of activities that include advisory services, project preparation and catalyzing private capital for investments in resilient infrastructure, nature and disaster-risk based solutions. IDB management briefed Governors about Build Forward ahead of the Annual Meeting of IDB Group, which will take place March 17-21 in Barranquilla, Colombia, in a virtual format. Governors are the top decision-makers at the IDB – the Caribbean’s biggest provider of development finance. “We are thrilled to have donors join our Build Forward initiative, which will prepare the people and places of the Caribbean for the future we create together,” said Therese Turner-Jones, the IDB General Manager of the Department of the Caribbean Region. “Build forward is focused on giving citizens of the Caribbean the opportunity to thrive in the more digital future. It will provide better infrastructure services for all citizens, creating jobs, reducing poverty, and bringing much-needed advanced technology into the region.” At the meeting, IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone presented his strategic vision for the Bank in the 2021-2025 period. Governors were briefed on the human and infrastructure potential of the Caribbean, and on the importance of reforming economic institutions to ensure a sustainable foundation for growth. Many Caribbean economies have been devastated by a tourism collapse caused by Covid-19, as well as a series of natural disasters. A key part of helping countries grow in ways that benefit all citizens is overcoming large infrastructure investment deficits, estimated at 5 percent of GDP for Latin America and the Caribbean. The multi-donor facility and other financing mechanisms will help governments finance key resilient investments at a time of limited fiscal space. Build Forward Besides the multi-donor facility, Build Forward will provide advisory services and work with countries to implement national investment plans, project banks and project prototypes. It will create strategic options to ensure that all investment assets are developed to maximise opportunities and minimize risks from climate change over their life span. It will provide advanced digital-based solutions in areas such as schools and hospitals, grid systems, highways and more. Build Forward will foster partnerships that link private sector investors to smart resilient investments that will yield returns and solve a development challenge. Depending on the need or specific project, Build Forward will dispatch experts in the field, provide training, supply equipment and provide financial assistance. Build Forward is also aiming to coordinate financing from multiple donors, including those participating in today’s announcement before the Governors. It will leverage partnerships with organisations such as the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator (CCSA) which is already supporting initiatives to build resilience in the region. Build Forward will provide the requisite preparation countries need to better withstand the effects of natural disasters. It will facilitate a smoother recovery process with reduced expenses for repairs and rebuilding after natural disasters. Overall, this initiative will minimize related consequences as a direct result of investing in smart and resilient solutions. The IDB finances operations and provides technical assistance to its six Caribbean member countries: Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname. It also makes funding available through alliances to other Caribbean countries. Through an ongoing agreement with Caribbean Development Bank, funding will also be made available for nine countries grouped in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. About the IDB The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

IDB Announces Build Forward Initiative To Advance Technology And Resilience In Caribbean

Press Release: Effort includes multi-donor facility expected to mobilize $1.5 billion The Caribbean Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank-backed Build Forward, a $3.5 billion multi-year program to help Caribbean countries sustainably recover while making technological...

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