The Role of Multilateral Organizations in Latin America During the COVID-19 Crisis

Carlos Miranda Levy • 29 May 2020
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Webinar by Georgetown University's Latin America Leadership Program where representatives from the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) discuss the role of multilateral organizations during and after this crisis, the different measures countries are taking to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19, and their recommendations for policy-making and international cooperation to lead the road ahead, including:

  • What has been the response to COVID-19 across the region?​
  • What has been the role of multilateral agencies during the crisis?
  • What macroeconomic measures have been recommended for Latin America?
  • What are policymakers currently doing to lead ahead of their economies?
  • What are the implications of public debt to rescue national economies?
  • How health containment measures and economic policies can converge? 
  • What have been the different experiences in reactivating the economy?
  • How joint cooperation in overcoming social challenges?
  • Success stories in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • What opportunities are present in Latin America? 
  • Leading the road ahead. What's next?


  • Alicia Montalvo Santamaria is the executive director, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, and Sweden at the ​Inter-American Development Bank​.
  • Sebastián Nieto Parra is head of Latin America and the Caribbean at the Development Centre of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • Humberto Lopez is acting vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean Region at the World Bank.


  • Ricardo Ernst is the executive director of Georgetown University´s Latin America Leadership Program.

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