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The IDB adopts Creative Commons licenses that will facilitate knowledge dissemination


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced today that it has adopted certain Creative Commons licenses that will allow the public to copy, share, redistribute, and publish content from some of the Bank’s publications.

With these licenses, the Bank seeks to be able to disseminate its content more quickly and freely, benefiting individuals, governments, organizations, and others interested in the non-commercial use of its knowledge products.

The Bank joins a group of intergovernmental organizations that have adopted the use of certain type “CC-IGO” (Creative Commons 3.0 Intergovernmental Organization) licenses.

The Bank adopted the “ Non Commercial-No Dervis ” license that allows it to share and redistribute material in any medium or format. Additionally, in particular cases the Bank will be able to make use of the “ Non Commercial - Share Alike ” license that permits the Bank’s content to be adapted as well. In both cases, the user must comply with the terms and conditions applicable to each CC-IGO license, including recognition of the Bank as the owner of the intellectual property rights.

“The use of these licenses is an important step in the dissemination of information in Latin America and the Caribbean”, said Federico Basañes, manager of the IDB’s Knowledge and Learning Sector. “It will allow any user to share publications, courses, and other content generated by the Bank, without prior permission.”

The utilization of these licenses is part of an openness policy for external users of the Bank’s information. You can access the Bank’s publications and data through their website (

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that promotes the creative reuse of intellectual and artistic works through their cost-free Creative Commons licenses, either owned or in the public domain.

The Inter-American Development Bank is one of the leading sources of long-term financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, and one of the largest multilateral institutions for regional development. Established in 1959, the Bank has a total of 48 member countries, and contributes to accelerating the process of economic and social development for its 26 borrowing member countries in the Region.


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