"A World of Solutions: Innovations for People with Disabilities"



"A World of Solutions: Innovations for People with Disabilities" is an initiative from the Science and Technology Division of the Inter-American Development Bank, that was launched on May 7th. We are looking to support the implementation of pilot projects that use innovation and technology to improve the quality of life and the economic and social inclusion of People with Disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The initiative is made up of two competitions:

Competition of proposals:

Financing (for up to US$ 50,000) is available to finance innovative projects to promote the social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities.

The competition is open to Disabled People's Organizations, NGOs, businesses, foundations, research centers and universities in all IDB member countries.

The selection criteria include: degree of innovation, impact on economic and social development, scalability and replicability, institutional capacity, and direct participation of people with disabilities. The deadline is June 30th, 2009.


For guidelines and more information, please go to the website: http://www.iadb.org/topics/scitech/innovation/innovations.cfm?lang=en


Competition of problems and solutions:

We would like to know which problems people with disabilities (PWD) face in the region. Our blog is an interactive site where PWDs, DPOs, and anyone interested in the theme can share, vote, and prioritize the barriers that are more relevant. The voting will be open until June 30th, 2009. After July 15th, 2009 we will open a competition of solutions for the problems that received the most votes. Scientists, innovators, creative people from all areas can participate in the competition, and the IDB will finance the development of the best ideas.

 Interactive website: http://www.iadb.org/blogs/innovacion/ (The blog is open to English, Spanish and Portuguese but for now is mainly in Spanish.)






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