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Mapping Results to Track Progress: IDB releases MapAmericas

March 16, 2012

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently launched a new online resource: MapAmericas. This interactive tool can be used to track progress on the development projects funded by the IDB in Bolivia, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Uruguay.

Established in 1959, the IDB promotes sustainable economic development and financial inclusion throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, based on a strong commitment to achieving measurable results while demanding a high level of integrity, transparency, and accountability.

To this end, the IDB has established the following priorities and areas of action:

 • Reducing poverty and social inequalities;

 • Addressing the needs of small and vulnerable countries;

 • Fostering development through the private sector;

 • Addressing climate change, renewable energy and environmental sustainability; and

 • Promoting regional cooperation and integration.

The IDB’s goals, discussed more in-depth in the Bank’s Results Framework 2012-2015, are ambitious. By tying each goal to clear (often numerical) criteria, the IDB ensures that these goals are measurable.

MapAmericas provides a quick reference guide to what the IDB-funded projects have accomplished in nine sectors across six countries, with 12 specific results areas. Let’s use the Small Community Water Program in Bolivia as a case study.

For context, the CIA World Factbook reports the following on access to potable water and sanitation facilities in Bolivia:

The full MapAmericas project report, “Small communities take charge of water and sanitation systems”, translates the statistics into English:

According to Bolivia’s Ministry of Water, approximately 1.7 million of the country’s rural people lack an improved water supply. Most of these people live in very small, isolated communities or on the margins of rural towns with populations of up to 10,000 inhabitants.

Here’s a screenshot of MapAmericas Bolivia, showing exactly where IDB-sponsored projects have been completed to improve irrigation systems and provide access to potable water as part of the Small Community Water Program:


The report goes on to specify that 27 water projects have been completed or expanded and improved; 23 sanitation projects have been completed or improved; and 43 community water operators have been established.

For the sake of accountability, MapAmericas also states the dollar amount and source of funding for these projects:

The Small Community Water Program is being financed by a $14.7 million loan from the Bank’s Ordinary Capital and $6.3 million from the Fund for Special Operations.

As for how this money is allocated:

Under Bolivian law, municipal governments receive transfers from the central government to co-finance infrastructure projects, including rural water and sanitation projects. The municipal governments assign resources to each community based on population, with the poorest communities receiving the most funding in relation to the contribution they are required to make.

This is just one example of the results-oriented data that can be tracked using MapAmericas. There are 24 other projects listed for Bolivia alone, while similar information can be accessed for 13 projects in Guyana; 29 projects in Haiti; 25 in Honduras; 21 in Nicaragua; and 12 projects in Uruguay.

It’s important to note that no institution involving human beings and money can completely avoid allegations of corruption. That said, the IDB has a very strong record when compared to similar groups.

The process of securing a loan from the IDB is very rigorous, but the results speak for themselves: Not only is the IDB a profitable regional bank, but there has only been one incident of default on an IDB loan since its founding in 1959.

Click here to access MapAmericas in English.

Haga clic aquí para acceder a MapAmericas en español.

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