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Innovation at
the IDB
A new CIO found an intergovernmental
organization receptive to the digital
transformation needed to further its
development mission
Change is never easy, and it's viewed by many as an even
bigger challenge in public sector and intergovernmental
organizations. This common perception was highlighted for me
when I decided to join the Inter-American Development Bank. I
was very excited about the IDB's vision to improve lives across
Latin America and the Caribbean, but most of my friends
warned me that I should prepare for a bureaucratic structure
and a strong resistance to change.
So I was pleasantly surprised when the plans to push digital
capabilities as a vehicle for development received support from
my supervisors as well as my team. This is not to imply that
there were no challenges, but the pace of change was definitely
no slower than in the private sector.
On the contrary, I found some serious advantages in the
development sector. For one thing, we are not driven by
quarterly results or profit and loss, and that helps us plan for
the long term and drive digital transformation smoothly on
many levels.
If I've learned one lesson at the IDB, it's this: Whenever you
feel that an institution is slow and bureaucratic, always stop to
check who is moving slowly-you or the institution?



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