IDB and Oxfam will explore opportunities to jointly tackle development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted by Rachel Cawood Digital Press Officer

12th Nov 2012

Oxfam and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize their commitment to collaborate on key development projects and initiatives to overcome poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Oxfam and the IDB agreed to work jointly on some of the region's most pressing challenges, in areas such as water and sanitation, solid waste management, disaster risk reduction and adaptation, gender equity and diversity, and climate change and renewable energy, among others.

Initially, the partners will focus their collaboration in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua.

"Many women and men in our region continue to live in poverty and face enormous challenges over access to food, employment and the threat of natural disasters. By collaborating with the IDB, we can develop cutting-edge, inclusive and impactful solutions to overcome some of the region's biggest challenges," said Françoise Vanni, Oxfam's Regional Director for the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

"Oxfam has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and for championing the cause of the poor worldwide, and we look forward to exploring with them new and better ways to fight poverty in our region," said Bernardo Guillamon, Manager of the IDB's Office of Outreach and Partnerships.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is a leading source of long-term financing and technical assistance for economic, social and institutional development of its 26 member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

About Oxfam

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

For more information

Ana Caistor Arendar

Regional Campaigns and Communications Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean  

aarendar@oxfam.org.uk

+ 52 1 551320 9949

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