MapAmericas: A one-stop shop for IDB-financed development projects

A screenshot of MapAmericas. Photo by: Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank has joined the geo-mapping trend with the launch on Sunday (March 18) of its very own tool.

MapAmericas is an online interactive mapping platform that allows users to view IDB-financed development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is similar to the World Bank’s Mapping for Results platform as well as mapping tools developed by other development institutions.

The tool contains images, videos, news stories, statistics, project indicators and other documents relating to the bank’s projects throughout the region. It will help governments, donor agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academics and even the bank monitor projects in the region, as well as the projects’ impact on the lives of beneficiaries and supported communities.

MapAmericas is part of the bank’s commitment toward improving its transparency and accountability. Julie Katzman, executive vice president of IDB, said the new online platform offers a “tremendous” opportunity to empower people, learn from experiences and improve the bank’s work in development.

At present, information on only six of the 26 IDB-member countries are available on MapAmericas: Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Guyana and Uruguay. But IDB said it is working to include all 26 member countries in the system by the end of 2013.

The bank is also currently working on a mobile application. Once available, it will allow individuals to send data from their mobile phones to the mapping platform.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.