October 23, 2023 #ChileDiverse

Chilean project is a finalist in the IDB's Superheroes of Development initiative

The "Productivity Pact Chile" program, which promotes the labor inclusion of people with disabilities, will defend its proposal in Washington D.C. on October 27 before a jury of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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A team from Chile qualified for the finals of "Development Superheroes", an initiative that rewards the implementation of creative and innovative solutions during the execution of development projects financed by the IDB Group in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Chilean representatives reached this stage after competing with 141 applicants from 25 countries in the region. 

The Productivity Pact Chile program aims to favor the inclusion of people with disabilities in the country, where 18% of the adult population has a disability and only 4 out of 10 people in this condition work. To encourage their inclusion, Law 21.015 of 2017 established a hiring quota of at least 1% of people with disabilities in public agencies and companies with 100 or more employees.

Since January 2020, the program has trained more than 1,000 people with disabilities and more than 400 program participants have already found employment. It has also led to a significant improvement in the data available on employment, disability and social security. 

Among the "Development Superheroes" finalists are Haiti's "Social Security Network for Vulnerable People," Peru's "Transforming Police Culture in Times of Multiple Crises," Barbados' "Together We Build Strong Families" and Ecuador's "Transforming Scrap into Opportunities. 

The finalists will present their projects on October 27 to a panel made up of senior management of the Inter-American Development Bank. The event will take place during the IDB Group's Knowledge Week, where two winners will be chosen, one for each category. The IDB will also share these success stories throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to help improve project execution and prepare for new IDB Group operations.


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