Be part of an executing agency of a project (co) financed by the IDB or be a client of IDB Invest or IDB Lab. In addition, you must highlight your ability to:
What challenges did you face and what impact did they have on project performance?
What creative and/or innovative solutions were established to address those project challenges?
Identify lessons learned
What experiences and learnings can you share so that the teachings become applicable and timely knowledge within everyone's reach?
Participate in the IDB Group's Knowledge Week in Washington, D.C.*, where the winners of the sixth edition of Superheroes of Development will be announced.
Show your recognition
Earn a digital Superheroes of Development credential.
The objectives of this initiative are:
1) Recognize executing agencies and clients that have successfully addressed the challenges that arise during the execution of IDB development projects or have achieved a development impact related to the financing of IDB Invest or IDB Lab.
2) Systematization and exchange of lessons learned to improve the effectiveness of projects and share this practical knowledge with other teams.
This call is for executing agencies/clients that are currently executing - or have been since 2016 - a project that includes IDB Group financing. In the case of Haiti, we accept teams in charge of donations.
IDB Group specialists or staff are not eligible to participate. They may be consulted as part of the process and may participate in the preparation of the execution challenge narrative, but the award will be given to the clients and personnel of the executing agency.
The IDB will review the executing agency/client's eligibility and recognize the executing agency/client team.
You can, but it is not required. All submissions must reference all relevant individuals and institutions involved in the specific challenge and solution described but are not required or limited in terms of the number of individuals or organizations involved in any one submission. The team submitting the story is responsible for sharing credit and acknowledging the contributions of different agencies and individuals.
Entries may involve other individuals, however all award entries must be made by staff of the executing agency or eligible project client. The solution or innovation described in the application must be at least reviewed or have been reviewed by the executing agency/client and must have (have had) a direct impact on the performance or results of the project.
Yes. There is no limit to the number of stories that the executing agency or eligible client can submit.
You must fill out a form following the corresponding steps. The forms are on the YouNoodle platform, where you must register. Only stories submitted through this form will be considered for the awards. (Register)
You can submit your application in any of the four official languages of the Bank (English, French, Spanish or Portuguese).
While it is permissible to submit additional relevant information to your story as part of the entry, the panel will not consider this information for their evaluation (however, it can be used for knowledge sharing purposes.) It is therefore recommended to ensure that all critical information is included in the suggested format.
Changes and updates to your application are possible up to the closing date and time of the application stage (July 14, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EDT). Applications received after the closing date will not be considered by the evaluation panel.
All applications will be carefully evaluated by a panel of IDB experts. Projects financed by the IDB (sovereign guaranteed loan), IDB Invest and IDB Lab will be selected based on the following criteria: challenge in execution; solutions and achievements; and lessons learned.
One of the key objectives of this initiative is to promote the exchange of knowledge among development specialists in Latin America and the Caribbean. To this end, any application received by the IDB may be formatted and published for public disclosure.
The winners and finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion at the IDB Group headquarters in Washington, D.C., which will be broadcasted online, with the President of the IDB, where they will share their stories and give visibility to their project, achievements, and experiences. They will also receive digital credentials that can be shared on different social media platforms, as well as a diploma and statuette of recognition.
May 24th Applications open
July 14th Applications close
September 29th Finalists are announced