IDB wants the world to use its computer code products for free

A laptop with lines of code on screen. Photo by: Lukas / Pexels / CC0

WASHINGTON — The Inter-American Development Bank is the first multilateral development bank to publicly share the computer code products it develops for clients in an open-source repository, an effort that has seen downloads from nearly every country in the world since it launched two years ago.

IDB’s Code for Development initiative has made available code other governments and organizations can download and repurpose for free from Github, a hosting site for computer code. This saves bank clients and other governments money that was previously being spent designing, developing, and licensing new code to solve similar development problems in sectors from health to governance in different countries and municipalities around the world.

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    Teresa Welsh

    Teresa Welsh is a Reporter with Devex based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa wrote about Latin America from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She worked as a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.