Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)

DEVELOPMENT BANK OF LATIN AMERICA (CAF)

CAF is committed to enhancing quality of life for all Latin Americans. Its actions promote sustainable development and regional integration. They provide counseling and financial support to the public and private sectors of the countries that are our shareholders. They also generate knowledge for strengthening public policies in Latin America and enhancing the quality and impact of the projects they undertake. CAF is made up of 19 countries (17 from Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal) and 13 private banks in the region.

CAF AND THE LIMA COMMITMENT

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Digital agenda & Transparency

The digital agenda is vital for facilitating and improving citizens' lives, for instance, through innovation, smart cities, and the delivery of public services. In keeping with the commitments arising out of the Eighth Summit of the Americas, CAF established the Digital Innovation in Government Directorate to promote modernization of the State via more flexible, open, and innovative governments, leveraging new technologies and data intelligence. CAF's Digital Innovation in Government Directorate seeks to assist the governments of CAF shareholder countries with their digital transformation through a new approach to public administration that will enable national and sub-national governments to provide high quality services, act with integrity, and place citizens at the center of their concerns.

Infrastructure

Investment in infrastructure is vital for the region's development. With a view to bolstering project governance and States' capabilities, CAF is promoting knowledge generation and support for public investment projects, especially in the infratructure sector.

Training

CAF is developing large-scale, virtual, cost-free courses to train representatives of the public and private sector, agencies, and academia in a number of areas, such as drawing up public-private partnership (PPP) contracts.

Knowledge

Every year, CAF publishes its Report on Economic Development-RED, which addresses critical issues relating to the sustainable development of the region and is disseminated as a contribution to the crafting of public policies in the region. In 2019, the Report will focus on matters relating to infrastructure sector governance and mechanisms for preventing corruption.

CAF Conferences & Seminars

CAF holds a series of conferences and seminars in various countries in the region to address the development challenges it faces. The 2019 CAF Conference will bring together representatives from a variety of sectors to discuss challenges relating to institution-building/strengthening, transparency, and governance.

CAF's COOPERATION OFFERS

MANDATE 14

  • CSF's Digital Innovation in Government Directorate seeks to promote modernization of the State via more flexible, open, and innovative governments leveraging new technologies and data intelligence. To that end, it is in a position to offer technical assistance to countries and citizens with constructing open government agendas and open data and optimizing government procurement, and, in general, with any effort to use digitization to enhance the provision of services and, ultimately, the quality of people's lives.
  • In addition, with a view to taking part in and strengthening inter-American initiatives, CAF is evaluating ways in which it can participate in and support the Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) through digital innovation in the procurement process.
  • Finally, as part of its capacity-building effort for States, civil society, and the private sector, CAF offers a series of large-scale, publicly accessible, and cost-free online courses via its website www.caf.com.

MANDATE 20

  • CAF's Digital Innovation in Government Directorate seeks to assist the governments of CAF shareholder countries with their digital transformation through a new approach to public administration that will enable national and sub-national governments to provide high quality services, act with integrity, and place citizens at the center of their concerns.
  • In that context, in 2019, CAF and the OAS will jointly evaluate ways in which they can coordinate their regional initiatives with those of the Inter-American Open Data Program to Combat Corruption (PIDA).

MANDATE 30

CAF will prepare and make available to the countries of the region four studies relating to governance in the infrastructure sector and mechanisms for preventing corruption:

  • Report on governance in the public infrastructure sector. Available as of the first quarter of 2020.
  • Report on key cross-cutting institutional factors for processes involving the provision of public infrastructure. Available as of the first quarter of 2020.
  • Report on general legal aspects involved in the delivery of public infrastructure. Available as of the second quarter of 2020.
  • Study of the international ramifications of emblematic corruption cases based on public information regarding: (i) the amount of investment affected; (ii) the amount paid in bribes; (iii) geographical areas; (iv) the positions held by those involved; (v) strategies used to perform the illicit act. Available as of the first quarter of 2020.

CAF will also provide countries with its 2019 Report on Economic Development-RED regarding transparency policies and the prevention of corruption.

CAF will also be in a position to present the principal findings of RED 2019 in major cities in the region in the second half of 2019 and first half of 2020, with a view to fostering discussion of public policy with local experts and the institutional players involved in combating corruption.

Finally, if countries so request, CAF will be able to organize meetings or workshops to address these issues with stakeholders.

MANDATE 52

CAF provides technical and financial support to the Summits of the Americas Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) with respect to transfers of best practices and the participation of experts.

Activities currently being developed include:

  • Dissemination of knowledge;
  • High-level dialogues with experts;
  • The organization of workshops and meetings on topics arising out of the Lima Commitment.

CAF AND THE JSWG: UNITED AGAINST CORRUPTION

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the entities making up the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) in September 2018 created a framework for cooperation among the Parties, via the JSWG, to bolster coordination of efforts to implement and follow up on the Summits of the Americas mandates.