Social Strategy for Equity and Productivity: Latin America and the Caribbean

Jan 2011
This Social Strategy was prepared to guide the operational and analytical work of the Inter-American Development Bank in supporting the overarching goals of reducing poverty and inequality, and achieving sustainable growth as expressed in the Ninth General Capital Increase. The objective of the Strategy is to improve the effectiveness of the Bank in promoting social policies that enhance equity and productivity in the Region. This will be done by capitalizing on the Bank's comparative advantages and deep sector expertise, and by focusing its resources in areas of high value-added in a manner consistent with its institutional goals. This Strategy focuses on investments in people, in particular on those investments that increase their human capital, ensure that families attain acceptable levels of consumption, education, health, and nutrition, and help poor households manage risks. It does so by taking a lifecycle approach.