Q&A: Retiring IDB VP on how research is pivotal to lending effectiveness

Santiago Levy, former vice president of sectors and knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank. Photo by: Inter-American Dialogue / CC BY-SA

WASHINGTON — In 2007, the Inter-American Development Bank Board of Directors approved a reorganization for the nearly 60-year-old multilateral development bank. Among other changes, that effort created a vice presidency of sectors and knowledge mandated to use research and data to inform IDB lending.

Santiago Levy became the first to fill that role in 2008, shortly after he had joined the bank as chief economist. He was responsible for the quality of IDB’s analytical work, which was expanded and honed to make its lending and technical cooperation more impactful.

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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.