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Inter-American Development Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation Announce Energy Partnership

In continuation of efforts to develop novel MDB finance mechanisms on climate change and ongoing discussions with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the IDB and The Rockefeller Foundation have announced a partnership to jointly support the expansion of energy access, a green energy transition, and job creation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Washington D.C. | October 12, 2021 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and its associated entities, has announced a new partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation (RF) that will create a financing instrument dedicated to expanding energy access, supporting energy transition, and protecting the climate in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The announcement also follows a meeting between IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone and RF President Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, which explored collaboration to accelerate a post-pandemic recovery and green energy transition in the region. President Claver-Carone first shared the news of IDB’s action after a meeting between U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and multilateral development banks (MDBs) on how MDB’s can take innovative steps to address climate action.

The financing instrument, which will be formally announced at COP26, will be managed by the IDB Group and will make resources available to both public and private sector projects. It seeks to mobilize more than $600 million in new investment for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The collaboration will also feature a strong focus on job creation and gender equality, with clear targets to ensure the women are prioritized as beneficiaries. The partnership is reflective of the strong alignment of the missions that drive both the IDB Group and RF. The partnership also touches on several of the pillars outlined in the IDB’s Vision 2025 agenda, which outlines opportunities for accelerating the region’s post pandemic recovery. It is also aligned with RF’s goal of creating a global platform to fight climate change and end energy poverty.

“Accelerating sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean requires collaboration and we are committed to aggressively working in new ways, with new partners, to reach our sustainability and growth goals,” remarked IDB President Claver-Carone. “That is why it is my great pleasure to join forces with The Rockefeller Foundation, a renowned philanthropic institution that shares our commitment to protecting people and the planet, and whose expertise and financial resources can amplify our impact in the region as we transition into a new era of green infrastructure.”

The partnership is significant in part because it represents the IDB Group’s first collaboration with a philanthropic foundation in the energy sector, and positions the IDB as a lead partner for RF in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We look forward to working with the Inter-American Development Bank and investing together in the green energy solutions that are critical to decreasing the greenhouse gas emissions worsening the climate crisis and increasing jobs and economic opportunity for people in developing and emerging economies,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “Reliable electricity is critical for every aspect of life today. Our success will enable farmers to increase their yields, business owners to hire workers, children to attend school and study in the evening, families to access modern healthcare, all while ensuring we have a safe and healthy planet for future generations.”

Specifically, the partners will collaborate to close last-mile gaps in energy access and electrification in LAC by advancing energy access through distributed renewable energy services (DRE), supporting energy transition towards net-zero energy systems, and protecting the climate, with a focus on unserved and underserved communities. The partners are driven by the shared goal of helping the region achieve universal access to electricity by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public- and private-sector clients throughout the region. Additional information on IDB Invest and IDB Lab and access our virtual tour.

About The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy built on collaborative partnerships at the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation to enable individuals, families, and communities to flourish. We work to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal. Our focus is on scaling renewable energy for all, stimulating economic mobility, and ensuring equitable access to healthy and nutritious food. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.