Distinguished guests included Alexis Bonnell, Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and John Barsa, Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at USAID. Representing the IDB was Irene Arias Hofman, CEO of the IDB Lab, Eliot Pedrosa, United States Executive Director at the IDB, and Gina Montiel, Venezuela Executive Director at the IDB.
In addition, his excellency Carlos Vecchio, Ambassador of Venezuela to the United States gave introductory remarks on the situation on the ground. A number of other dignataries including the President of FIU and numerous United States representatives also contributed with their calls to action.
As a platform for collaboration and additional partnerships, the BetterTogether Challenge will pool knowledge and resources, gather local insights, host co-creation events, and build a marketplace of tested, market-ready solutions to help Venezuelans and the communities hosting them. Applications for funding will address four focus areas: people, productivity, services, and finance.