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The IDB's New Environmental and Social Policy Framework in a Nutshell (Ed.3)


About this course

The environmental and social context of Latin America and the Caribbean has evolved since the IDB's safeguards policies were developed more than 15 years ago. The new Environmental and Social Policy Framework emerges as an opportunity for improvement and harmonization of environmental and social standards within the IDB group and with other multilateral organizations. At the same time, it strengthens the efforts for the sustainable recovery of the region.

Join our learning chronicler during her trajectory and reaffirm your commitment to the development of the region!

This course is "self-paced" so you can enroll at any time, even if the course has been open for a while. You can take it at the time that is most suitable for you inside the enrolment period of the course.


This certified course is directed towards officials of government agencies that implement projects financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, project coordinators, environmental specialists, social specialists, consultants, construction firms and subcontractors involved in the execution of projects, supervisors and auditors of works and other public officials involved in the preparation and execution of projects, civil society, and anyone interested in sustainable development.

This course is offered by the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES) of the Inter-American Development Bank within the framework of the BIDAcademy program.

What you will learn

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the importance of socio-environmental management
  • Communicate the scope of the new framework
  • Identify the objectives of socio-environmental standards
  • Recognize changes in socio-environmental policy
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities in socio-environmental management
  • Differentiate the scope of environmental and social mainstreaming activities from the management of socio-environmental risks.
  • Course Staff

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    Florencia Attademo-Hirt

    Maria Florencia Attademo-Hirt, an Argentinian and Italian citizen, is the General Manager of the Southern Cone Department (CSC) of the Inter-American Development Bank as of June 16, 2021 and the Representative of the IDB Group in Chile since April 1, 2021. Previously, she was IDB Group Representative in Paraguay (July 2018 - March 2021) and The Bahamas (August 2015 - June 2018).

    As Country Representative, her responsibilities encompass all IDB Group projects and activities in the country, including country dialogue, public sector loans and grants, private sector financing, knowledge products, and relationship and collaboration with civil society and academia.

    She holds a J.D. from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, in Argentina, and an LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School, was a Fulbright Scholar, and is admitted to the bar in Buenos Aires and New York

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    Roberto Manrique

    Mr. Roberto Manrique is Principal Advisor in the Southern Cone Country Department. Previously, he was the IDB Group. Representative in Mexico and the Head of the Special Group for the Modernization of the Environmental and Social Policies of the IDB Group. He also served as Principal Advisor in the Office of the Presidency, and Senior Advisor in the Office of the Executive Vice President and in the Institutions for Development Sector. Over his career at the IDB, he has led the design and execution of policy-based and investment operations, managed institutional funds for technical cooperation, and led policy dialogues. Mr. Manrique was appointed as an Internal Member to the IDB Group Sanctions Committee and named its Vice-Chairperson in June 2020. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Wayne State University, where he completed his doctoral studies.

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    Morgan Doyle

    Morgan Doyle is the IDB representative in Brazil, overseeing the Bank's programming and dialogue with the country. During his 23 years of career at the IDB, he was representative in Uruguay (2017-2020), Ecuador (2013-2017), and was Senior Advisor of the Vice-presidency of Sectors and Knowledge. He has led several operations in the financial sector, working with key public sector agencies involved in financing living and supporting small and medium-sized businesses. He holds a degree and a Masters degree from the University of Brown in International Development and has received several academic honors, including a Fulbright scholarship and a research scholarship from the Inter-American Foundation (IAF).

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    Adriana La Valley

    Mrs. Valley has more than two decades of global experience in financing development. She has worked in several projects in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit in Mexico, where she was responsible for the negotiation of international financing for national infrastructure projects. She is a lawyer and holds a Master’s in Corporate Law and Financial Banking Law for the development of the American University and the London School of Economics, respectively.

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