The IDB Seeks Applications from Regional NGOs for the Juscelino Kubitschek Visionaries Award

I wanted to share this opportunity for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Latin America/Caribbean region from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). For further information and a link for applications (an online form and a two-minute video is required), please take a look at the website .

Applicants should have five years or more of experience in implementing high-impact projects. Four key elements the IDB is looking for are Innovation (new tools or methods, a creative approach); Relevance to the IDB’s philosophy of “improving lives” as well as to development realities in the region; Sustainability; and Replicability (the potential for it to be replicated in other countries in the region).

Quoting from the website:

The JK Visionaries Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Inter-American Development Bank to recognize extraordinary organizations that are working in innovative and effective ways to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean.

JK Visionaries pays tribute to Juscelino Kubitschek, former president of Brazil and the founder of Brasilia. He was a leading visionary in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean who played a fundamental role in establishing the Bank.

The winning organization will receive US$100,000 in recognition of its work and to encourage its initiative and ongoing efforts to change the lives of the region’s people for the better. A second prize of US$50,000 and third and fourth prizes of US$25,000 each will also be awarded.

The award does not represent an obligation for the recipient to continue to implement the game-changing project that was presented.

The winners will join the Circle of JK Visionaries, gaining access to the Bank’s full set of tools for collaboration and strengthening.

Fonkoze has fostered social inclusion in Haiti for the last 20 years. (Photo: IDB/JK Visionaries)

To get an idea of the kind of organisations and projects the IDB is looking for, look up these past awardees and the work they are doing. As you can see, there are two Caribbean organisations here among the JK Visionaries, to date. Will yours be the third?

Economics and Finance: 

Accion International – Latin America/Caribbean

Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y Crecimiento (CIPPEC), Argentina

Fundación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Económico y Social (FUSADES), El Salvador

Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Youth Entrepreneurship (CEYE), Barbados

Fonkoze, Haiti

Social, Cultural and Scientific:

Federación Internacional de Fe y Alegría  – Latin America/Caribbean

Vaga Lume, Brazil

Instituto Mexicano de Investigación de la Familia y Población, Mexico

Proyecto Salesiano Chicos de la Calle Guayaquil, Ecuador

Associação de Balete Artes para Cego, Brazil

Instituto Nicaragüense de Cultura Hispánica [Nicaraguan Institute of Hispanic Culture]

Instituto Promundo, Brazil

Grupo Social FEPP, Ecuador


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