SUPERHEROES OF DEVELOPMENT AWARD
SUPERHEROES
OF DEVELOPMENT AWARD
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GET TO KNOW THE FINALISTS



WHAT IS THE AWARD ABOUT?

The IDB is launching this Award to recognize valuable lessons learned by executing agencies that have successfully addressed or pre-empted challenges that emerge during the execution of development projects.  The award is part of an effort to improve the performance of the projects that the IDB finances, through systematic learning and knowledge sharing.
We hope to learn from the stories of the experience of IDB Project Execution Agencies that have either faced and overcome important challenges in project execution or who have recognized potential risks to project execution and implemented innovative solutions to avoid those risks.  We want to share these stories all over Latin America and the Caribbean, so they can add value to ongoing projects or the preparation of new projects.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of IDB and external development experts. Five finalists of Sovereign Guaranteed Loans will be selected based on the following criteria:  pertinence of the execution challenge described; innovation; impact of their solution, and relevance of the knowledge that can be shared with other projects.
Finalists will be invited to participate in a Knowledge Week in Washington, D.C., where the winning team will be announced.

More details on the Award process, rules, and prizes can be found here.
¿WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

All executing agency teams of projects (co-)financed by the IDB including Sovereign Guaranteed Loans are eligible to participate, as long as:

• The project is currently in the execution phase (Project is eligible for first disbursement); or
• The project is concluded, and the last disbursement date was not prior of January, 1, 2016

For a full list of eligible Sovereign Guaranteed Loans projects, click here.

We are looking for your stories of how you have faced and overcome significant challenges in the execution of your project, or how you recognized a potential risk or a great opportunity and introduced an innovation to improve the execution of your project. Are you our next Superhero of Development?
EXECUTION CHALLENGES / IMPROVEMENTS
Tell us the story of facing difficult circumstances or a complex execution challenge while implementing an IDB project; or of recognizing potential risk or a promising opportunity, and how your team found ways to improve execution of their projects.
INNOVATION

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We want to hear how you worked to solve these challenges or to implement creative improvements with innovative and creative tools, methods or techniques that added value.
IMPACT
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Tell us how your solutions or approaches led to documented results and cost-effectiveness that have the potential to be replicated in other projects to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean.
KNOWLEDGE SHARING
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Showcase good practices in project management and execution and in tackling complex development issues, to help other agencies adapt and replicate the success and solution of our Development Superheroes.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

APPLICATION

In order to participate, eligible executing agencies should complete and submit their story before July 30th, 2018, at 5 PM EST time. The application form can be found here.

More information about the award process and rules can be found in our FAQ.


SUBMIT
CALENDAR
07 JUN
Submissions begin
30 JULY
Submissions closure
28 AUG
Finalists Announcement
25 SEP
Winners travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the Knowledge Week and awards ceremony
FAQ'S

What is the purpose of the Superheroes of Development Award?
The main objective of this Award is to recognize executing agencies that have successfully addressed or pre-empted challenges that emerge during the execution of development projects.  The award is part of an effort to improve the performance of the projects that the IDB finances, through systematic learning and knowledge sharing.

Is my project team eligible to participate in this Award?
This call is for Executing Agencies who are currently executing or have recently executed a project that includes IDB financing. In the case of Haiti, we are accepting teams in charge of grants. IDB Specialists or personnel are not eligible to participate. They may be consulted as part of the process and may participate in preparing the narration of the execution challenge, but the award will be granted to the personnel of executing agencies.
Do we have to participate as a team or can it be as an individual?
A maximum of three members can represent the team in the submission of a story. The IDB will review eligibility of the executing agency and will recognize the team of the executing agency.

Our IDB project has multiple executing agencies. Do we have to submit our story together?
You can, but you don’t have to. All submissions should make reference to all relevant people and institutions involved in the specific challenge and solution described, but there is no requirement or limitation in terms of the number of people or organizations involved in any submission.  The team that submits the story is responsible for sharing credit and for recognizing the contributions of different agencies and individuals.

Our story involves people who are not members of the project Executing Agency. Are they eligible to participate?
Submissions may involve other people, though all award submissions must be done by eligible project executing agency personnel. The solution or innovation described in the submission should at a minimum be or have been overseen by the executing agency and it should have (had) a direct impact on the project’s performance or results.
Does “innovation” have to be related to the use of new technologies?
Not necessarily. Innovation can refer to a new execution model or a new or creative method of tackling a project execution challenge.
Can we submit more than one story?
Yes. There is no limitation on the number of stories that can be submitted by eligible executing agency.

What is the submission format?
You will fill out a form following the corresponding steps. The forms are on the YouNoodle platform, where you must register. Just stories presented through this form will be considered for the awards.
What language can I use to submit my application?
You can submit your application in any of the four official languages of the Bank. (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)

What if we have additional information we want to share that does not meet the submission format requirements?
While you are allowed to submit additional information relevant to your story as part of your submission, the jury will not consider this information in its evaluation. (It may be used for knowledge-sharing purposes). It is therefore recommended to ensure all critical information is included in the suggested format.

Can we make changes to our submission after we have submitted it?
It is possible to make changes and update your submission until the closing date and time of the submission phase (July 30, 2018, 5PM EST). Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered by the evaluation panel.
How will our submission be evaluated?
All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of IDB personnel and external development experts. Up to five teams of Sovereign Guaranteed Loans will be selected as finalists, based on the following criteria:  pertinence of the execution challenge described; innovation; impact of their solution, and relevance of the knowledge that can be shared with other projects.

What will the IDB do with our submission? Will it be made public?
One of the key objectives of this Award is to promote knowledge sharing across development practitioners in Latin America and the Caribbean. To this end, any submission received by the IDB may be formatted and published for public dissemination.

What prizes will the winner receive?
All finalists will receive a trip for up to three team members to Washington, DC to participate in a Knowledge Week at the IDB Headquarters office. During this Knowledge Week, members from the finalists’ teams will be able to interact with sector and country specialists, receive a customized Project Management for Results (PM4R training), and participate in opportunities to document and disseminate their story, as well as a final awards event.

At the final awards event, the winning team will receive an additional award.


What are the key dates for the Award?
07 JUNE
Submissions begin

30 JULY
Submissions close

17 AUGUST
Finalists Announcement

25 SEPTEMBER
Finalists travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the Knowledge Week and awards ceremony.


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