Superhéroes del Desarrollo

Finalists 2021:

Title: Inclusion and citizen participation that transformed the habitat of the precarious urban settlement Las Palmeras in El Salvador

Country: El Salvador

Executing Unit: Reducción de Vulnerabilidad en Asentamientos Urbanos Precarios del Área Metropolitana de San Salvador

Category: 1

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Title: IncluTec: training in technology and knowledge economy

Country: Argentina

Executing Unit: Argencon

Category: 1

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Title: Development of an alternative model of virtual home care in Active Aging centers in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic

Country: Uruguay

Executing Unit: Fundación ASTUR

Category: 1

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Title: ICTs for inclusion in times of COVID-19

Country: Ecuador

Executing Unit: Asociación Fe y Alegría Ecuador

Category: 1

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Title: Changing the landscape of a nation through digital transformation

Country:Bahamas

Executing Unit: Digital Transformation Unit, Office of The Prime Minister

Category: 1

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Title: Digital transformation with participation, persistence and a pinch of Axé

Country: Brazil

Executing Unit: Secretaria do Meio Ambiente (SEMA), Governo do Estado da Bahia

Category: 2

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Title: Inquiry and problem-based Learning

Country: Belize

Executing Unit: Project Executing Unit Ministry of Education Science Culture and Technology (MOESCT)

Category: 2

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Title: Rural cadastre in Ecuador: free and participatory technology for land governance

Country: Ecuador

Executing Unit: MAGAP PRATT – Proyecto SIGTIERRAS

Category: 2

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?


Superheroes of Development is part of an effort by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group to improve the performance of IDB-financed projects through systematic learning and knowledge sharing. This initiative recognizes executing agencies and borrowers that have faced and overcome challenges in innovative and creative ways. Superheroes of Development has received more than 300 proposals from all over Latin America and the Caribbean in its first three editions.



This year we will recognize our partners and clients in two categories:

Category 1. Implementing agencies and clients that have successfully addressed challenges in project implementation, in order to share the learnings that emerge from their experience and.


Category 2. Implementing agencies and clients that have successfully met their development objectives.

To be the next Development Superheroes we ask them to document their experience, highlighting the following elements:



  1. The challenge(s) you faced and the impact it (they) had on project performance.
  2. The solution they implemented to overcome the challenge and evidence of its success.
  3. Lessons learned, with recommendations on how future projects can avoid and/or address similar challenges.



More details about the award process, rules and prizes can be found here

What was the challenge(s) you faced in execution? How did you recognize it? What actions did you take to improve the execution of your project? What effect did (did) it have on the project performance?
Tell us about it here!

How did you address the challenge(s)? What ideas, tools or methods did you apply to add value, either in contract execution or project management (e.g., a solution never before used in the country or industry; a technology that was not contemplated in the design of the operation; or a creative approach to traditional management tools)? Did you generate documented, cost-effective results with your solutions? Tell us what creative solution you implemented to solve your challenges and what the results were.

What learning emerged from the experience that might be relevant to other teams designing or executing projects? How have you shared these learnings? Share your experience with us to help other agencies adapt and replicate success.

The winners will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual conversation, open to the public, with the President of the IDB, where they will share their stories. In addition, winners will also receive free access to a maximum of two courses per person with IDB and edX certification (Harvard and MIT online educational platform) to support their professional development.

Here you can find more details about the award process, rules, and prizes.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?


All teams from IDB-funded (co-) executing agencies or IDBInvest and IDBLab clients are eligible to participate, provided they meet the following criteria:


  • Category 1. The project is currently in the implementation phase (projects that have had at least one first disbursement) or the BIDInvest or BIDLab client has received funding.
  • Category 2. Project has been completed since January 2016 and has PCRs or XPSRs.

Do you think with your team they could be the next Superheroes of Development?

CALENDAR


May 18

Start date for receipt
of applications

June 27

Closing date
for applications

August 10

Announcement of
finalists

QUESTIONS

1. What is the purpose of the Superheroes of Development Award?

The main objective of this award is to recognize executing agencies and clients that have successfully addressed or influenced challenges that emerge either during the execution of development projects or in achieving the development impact related to their IDB Invest financing. The award is part of an effort to improve the performance of IDB Group-financed projects through systematic learning and knowledge sharing.


2. Is my Project team eligible to take part in this award?

This call is for executing agencies/clients who are currently executing, or have recently executed, a project that includes IDB Group financing. In the case of Haiti, we accept teams that are in charge of grants.

IDB Group Specialists or staff are not eligible to participate. They may be consulted as part of the process and may participate in preparing the narrative of the execution challenge, but the award will be granted to clients and staff of executing agencies.


3. Should we participate only as a team or can it be on an individual basis?

The IDB will review the eligibility of the executing agency/client and recognize the executing agency’s team/client.


4. Our IDB project has multiple executing agencies. Should we submit our story together?

You can, but is not mandatory. All submissions should refer to 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 people or organizations involved in any submission. Any team that submits a story is responsible for sharing credit and acknowledging the collaboration of diverse agencies and individuals.


5. Our story involves people that are not part of the project executing agency or client. Are they eligible to participate?

The submissions may involve other people; however, all award submission must be done by eligible project executing agency or client staff. The solution or innovation described in the submission should be at least revised or have been revised by the executing agency/client and it should have (or had) a direct impact on the project’s performance or outcomes.


6. Can we submit more than one story?

Yes. There is no limit in the number of stories the eligible executing agency or client can submit.


7. What is the submission format?

You will fill out a form following the given steps. The forms are on the YouNoodle platform, where you must register. Only the stories submitted through this form will be considered for awards.


8. In what language can I apply?

You can apply in any of the Bank’s four official languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.


9. What if we have additional information that we want to share but does not meet the submission format requirements?

While you are allowed to submit additional information relevant to your story as a part of your submission, the jury will not consider this information for the final evaluation (it can be used with the purpose of knowledge-sharing). It is therefore recommended to ensure that all critical information is included in the suggested format.


10. Can we make changes to our submission after submitting it?

It is possible to make changes and updates up to closing date and time (July 6, 2020, at 5:00 pm Washington D.C. time). Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered by the evaluation panel.


11. How will the submission be evaluated?

All proposals will be evaluated by a panel of IDB staff and external development experts. Projects financed by the IDB (sovereign guaranteed loan), IDBInvest and IDBLab will be selected based on the following criteria: challenge in execution, solutions and achievements and lessons learned.


12. What will the IDB do with our submission? Will it be published?

One of the key objectives of this Award is to promote the knowledge-exchange among development specialists in Latin America and the Caribbean. To achieve this, any submission received may be formatted and published for public dissemination.


13. What prizes will the winner receive?

Winners will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual conversation, open to the public, with the President of the IDB, where they will share their stories and will be able to give visibility to their project, achievements and experience. They will also receive free access to up to two courses per person with IDB certification and edX (Harvard and MIT's online educational platform) to support them in their professional development.

More details about the award process, rules and prizes can be found here.


14. What are the key dates for the award?

May 18th

Nominations begin

June 27th

Closing date for applications

August 10th

Announcement of finalists