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IDB: The Regional Public Goods (RPG) Initiative - Latin America and the Caribbean

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 31, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on April 29, 2021
The Regional Public Goods (RPG) Initiative banner
The Regional Public Goods (RPG) Initiative banner

The Regional Public Goods (RPG) Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is based on the premise that the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) share numerous development challenges and opportunities that can be addressed more effectively and efficiently through regional collective action and cooperation.

The Initiative defines regional public goods (RPGs) as goods, services or resources that are produced and consumed collectively by the public sector and, if appropriate, the private, non-profit sector in a minimum of three borrowing member countries of the IDB.

The Initiative focuses on RPGs that have the potential to generate significant shared benefits and positive spillover effects. Spillover effects can be expressed in terms of scope (benefits extend beyond the originally targeted sector in each country) and/or scale (benefits extend beyond the original group of countries).

The RPG Initiative will only finance proposals that address the cross-cutting challenges of the IDB's Institutional Strategy.

The proposals submitted must be framed in one or more of the following five (5) priority areas of the Vision 2025 of the IDB Group for the implementation of the IDB’s Institutional Strategy and the region’s post-pandemic recovery:
(i) strengthening of regional value chains;
(ii) digital economy;
(iii) support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
(iv) gender equality and diversity;
(v) climate change.

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The RPG Initiative seeks to finance specific regional coordination products that can then be implemented at the national level by the participating countries and other interested countries that could not participate in the original project.

This type of products can be, for example, regional regulatory frameworks, harmonized legislation and common agreements or standards among countries; regional sectoral strategies and action plans; diagnoses and studies in support of investment decisions or projects at the regional level; and methodologies and instruments of regional application.

Each year, the IDB solicits proposals from the region to finance projects that promote RPGs by means of collective action.

The Initiative finances proposals that have been prepared or are endorsed by and benefit a minimum of three (3) and exceptionally two (2) borrowing member countries of the IDB.

To be eligible to submit proposals within the deadline, interested parties must register before April 30th, 2021.

All proposals must be submitted via the online form before 05:00 pm (US Eastern Daylight Time) on May 10th, 2021.
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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 31
Mar 31

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 02
Apr 02

Thanks, Ana.