Shakira and early childhood development

    International artist Shakira and Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno. Photo by: Donna Lou Morgan and Eduardo Santillán Trujillo

    Nominations are now open for best practices and innovations in early childhood development that benefit children under 6 years of age in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    The Inter-American Development Bank and the ALAS Foundation, founded by international artist Shakira, are again teaming up with the launch of the second edition of the ALAS-IDB Award. The competition seeks to recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to early child development in the region.

    The award has four categories: Center of the Year, Educator of the Year, Publication of the Year and Innovation of the Year. In 2012, Brazilian nongovernmental organization Saúde Criança received the award for best innovation with its health care program tailored to the needs of families outside hospitals.

    “This year we hope to identify experiences which serve to inspire and can be replicated in all of Latin America and the Caribbean,” IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno said in a statement.

    The deadline for proposals in on May 31. Moreno and Shakira will present the awards in the fall.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      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.