Mind, Heart, and Soul in the Fight against Poverty

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CHAPTER 6
The Inter-American
Development Bank
Initiative on Social
Capital, Ethics, and
Development

Enrique lglesias, president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 1988, has, throughout his tenure, worked to develop a thoughtful and far-ranging set of relationships with faith communities. This has entailed, among other activities, meetings at the regional level with the major religious groups active in Latin America—Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish—to discuss their perspectives on development issues and perceptions and priorities for the work of the IDB. Faith leaders and institutions are represented in the full range of dialogue processes that IDB sponsors at regional and country levels. And specific support has been extended by the IDB to faith communities in a few instances. One particularly interesting example is the project with the Argentinian Jewish community outlined in the appendix to this chapter.

The engagement with faith groups, in its various dimensions, prompted the IDB to undertake a special initiative to respond to the keen interest and wide range of issues emerging from the dialogue processes.

This chapter draws heavily on discussions with Bernardo Kliksberg in 2002–2004;
on publications of the Initiative on Social Capital, Ethics, and Development; and
on author engagement in initiative activities.

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