31 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?