Seminar on Youth and Social Innovation for Development


Latin America and the Caribbean are characterized as a young region. Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean, as in the rest of the world, are increasingly engaged, becoming leading social actors seeking to play a more active role in charting the future course of their communities and countries. In terms of the critical demographic mass that this population segment represents, young people are a source of great potential and energy for development. During this period of political, economic, and social transformation, the region's future will require a generation of young entrepreneurs to assume leadership positions with new skills that will enable them to contribute to development. The objective of the Youth Forum is to highlight how social innovation can help address the development challenges faced by Latin America and the Caribbean with the support and involvement of young people. Strategic investment in youth, cultivating innovation and creativity, and promoting opportunities to contribute are key to addressing old problems with new solutions. The forum will show how young social innovators, working in different areas, are generating positive changes. Personalities and specialists in youth development and social innovation and public, private, and nongovernmental sector representatives will discuss the need for adequate policies and programs in the sector, and will present the results of the first Ibero-American Youth Survey conducted by the Ibero-American Youth Organization with the support of the IDB, the Korean Fund for Poverty Reduction and other partners.

The format of the event, which will be filmed by MTV Latin America, will include TED-style talks, interactive sessions with young social entrepreneurs, and will close with a concert featuring Danilo Perez, renown jazz musician and the rock group, Los Rabanes in the Anayansi Theatre in Atlapa at 7:00 p.m.

This seminar will be part of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the IDB and IIC.

In late March or early April of each year, the Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) hold their Annual Meeting in one of the Bank's member countries. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institution's Governors, most of whom are Ministers of Finance, Presidents of Central Banks, or other high level authorities of the member countries. Representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and private banks also attend.

In 2013, the Annual Meeting will take place in Panama City, Panama from March 14 to 17. A series of seminars on topics of interest to participants will be sponsored prior to the opening of the meeting.

Participation at the Annual Meeting is by invitation. The list of special guests from each member country of the IDB and the IIC, including private sector organizations, banks, and associations, is prepared according to internal procedures established for that purpose and must be approved by the respective country authorities. The list for each country is updated yearly to include requests received after the previous Annual Meeting up to the time it is submitted to the Board of Executive Directors. Requests received after that are submitted to the respective Executive Director on an individual basis.

Institutions interested in being invited to the upcoming Annual Meeting should send a communication to the Secretary of the Bank at the address indicated, requesting an invitation. Please include a description of the organization and a copy of its financial statements.

The deadline for requesting invitations is 27 February 2013.

Please note that there is no cost of registration. Guests are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.