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Inter-American Development Bank Civil Society Initiative

InterAction American Council for Voluntary International Action

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Transforming Development Finance
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–June 30, 2005
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America

About this grant

During the past three years, the InterAction American Council for Voluntary International Action has established a core group of civil society organizations in Washington, D.C. and Central America to effectively monitor and influence Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) projects and policies. Multiyear funding will support activities that include building the capacity of the InterAction IDB working group through a seminar series; strengthening the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Latin America to directly influence IDB lending; improving IDB transparency, accountability and participation; and enhancing regional parliamentary oversight.Recent activities included improving the capacity of members and partners to engage in constructive dialogues with IDB officials both in the field and in Washington; focusing on IDB-financed rural development projects and those related to regional integration; initiating the formation of a Mesoamerican Coalition to monitor the IDB and its support for the Plan Pueblo Panama; and producing materials about the functioning of the IDB as well as profiles of IDB-financed projects of concern to member organizations and NGOs in the region.