The Inter-American Development Bank works to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, the IDB helps improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. Its aim is to achieve development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. With a history dating back to 1959, today, the IDB is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean by providing loans, grants, and technical assistance; as well as by conducting extensive research. The Bank maintains a strong commitment to achieving measurable results and the highest standards of increased integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Some key facts about the IDB

2,000 employees

Across four continents, with headquarters in Washington, DC, in 26 borrowing member-countries, and regional offices in Asia and Europe

48 member countries

Represented in the Board of Executive Directors as follows:

  • Argentina and Haiti
  • Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Spain, and Sweden
  • Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago
  • Belgium, China, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, and Switzerland
  • Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua
  • Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay
  • Brazil, and Suriname
  • Canada
  • Chile, and Ecuador
  • Colombia, and Peru
  • Croatia, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Slovenia, and United Kingdom
  • Dominican Republic, and Mexico
  • Panama, and Venezuela
  • United States of America

IDB Clients include

Central Governments



Private Firms


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