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Latin America and the Caribbean are facing a socioeconomic crisis and our clients and counterpart organizations need support from the IDB Group. Beyond our financial capacities, that support requires all of our human capital at the service of the region. Now, more than ever, the actionable knowledge that the Bank generates and shares, as well as the skills that it strengthens, will make a difference for the region in the coming decades.
In 2021 as part of the IDBs Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in Barranquilla, Colombia, BIDAcademy was officially introduced as the platform that integrates, disseminates and promotes the practical and actionable knowledge generated by the IDB Group. BIDAcademy is built on more than 60 years of the Group’s experience discovering technical and cutting-edge knowledge, and strengthening the capacities of its staff, as well as public officials and citizens working in areas related to development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
BIDAcademy consolidates our purpose of becoming a 21st century organization that evolves and responds efficiently to the development needs of the region in an increasingly digitized era.
Efforts and tangible results
With BIDAcademy we are making significant efforts to listen to the needs of our countries, and to better understand our audiences and their interests. This feedback is essential, and it guides our work in producing, disseminating and increasing access to the knowledge that the Bank generates to ensure it is actionable. We see BIDAcademy as a key instrument and natural complement to the IDB Group’s loan operations, supporting the achievement of the Vision 2025 goals and the effectiveness and impact of our work on the region’s development. This collective effort is placed under a single umbrella that is BIDAcademy, aiming to position the IDB as the key reference source for knowledge about development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
With BIDAcademy we are taking our knowledge and learning agenda to the next level:
- Including more people and more knowledge and learning products generated by the Bank and by our partners through alliances.
- Opening our knowledge and making our content easily accessible, reusable, and free.
- Giving greater visibility to knowledge through proactive dissemination in response to the needs and interests of our audiences.
BIDAcademy supports the systematization and dissemination of our publications, courses, data, code, blogs and events, and is focused on the knowledge agenda of one Group and one vision: Vision 2025. Here are a few examples of the results BIDAcademy has achieved in its first year:
- More than 2.5 million pageviews.
- Launched 182 online courses totaling more than 195,000 registrations.
- Issued more than 31,000 digital badges.
- Generated more than 1,300 publications that have been downloaded over 1.2 million times.
- Published 14 new data sets achieving more than 600 downloads.
- Shared the source code of 25 programs generating around 2,300 visits.
- Over 16 million visits to IDB Group blogs related to development topics.
- The annual Superheroes of Development contest, which allows the lessons learned from development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean to be shared and reflected upon, reached an audience of more than 33,000 users.
- Established 11 knowledge and learning alliances with universities, public agencies and research centers, in addition to 17 collaborations with other entities to develop and adapt courses. Similarly, the PM4R Program incorporated 7 new education providers, expanding the training capacity for managing development projects.
We don’t stop there when it comes to offering cutting-edge and actionable knowledge! As part of our goals to maximize the positive impact of this platform, we are preparing the first “BIDAcademy Knowledge Week” to make visible, celebrate, and scale the reach of knowledge for the benefit of internal and external audiences. The event will take place in June in a hybrid format (face-to-face and digital), and will bring together leaders from academia, think tanks, and the public and private sectors. It will also include new voices of change in development discussions and will position youth at the center of the dialogue, fostering scenarios where young people play an active role in planning their future.
More than numbers
Indeed, I am pleased to talk about results and share what we have achieved just one year after implementing a platform as ambitious and complete as BIDAcademy, however, the message that I want to reinforce is an invitation to discover and take advantage of the content and tools that are available. The doors are open! BIDAcademy welcomes all those interested in being part of the development of Latin America and the Caribbean, a rich and promising region.
The paths toward development take different shapes and respond to the different realities and experiences of citizens in the region, and. BIDAcademy is here to support that journey. You’ve come to the right place, whether it is reading about development methodologies in our publications, accessing source code and adapting it to solve local problems, taking online courses that improve your knowledge on inclusion matters, or analyzing data sets about the labor markets in the region, the possibilities are endless and, best of all, they are constantly updated.
We created it, but BIDAcademy is yours.
By Jessica L. Bedoya, Chief of Staff and Chief Strategy Officer at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).