Peru has already won the World Cup

20 June 2018 // Julia Ortega
Fundación Microfinanzas BBVA

It has been a very tough competition against Colombia, after beating Nigeria, Uruguay and Switzerland in a world cup designed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where 32 countries compete to have the best development indicators (available only in Spanish version).

Thanks to this game, we know that Peru would win if it was competing for the best indicator for workforce participation, or that Iceland would knock its groupmates out if it was all about gender equality or access to quality health care. In a match where financial inclusion was the criteria, Denmark would defeat Sweden in the finals, without giving a chance to Peru, Colombia or Panama (who wouldn’t even go past the group stage).

This way, and following the original structure of the World Cup in Russia, the IDB has designed an interactive tournament which puts various indicators at stake, factors that determine which team will win, in each possible scenario.



While we await the destiny of Spain’s La Roja, in this peculiar competition, Spain would lead its group if we talked about health, gender equality and infrastructure. But it would fall out: in quarter finals against Iceland and in semi-finals against Japan.

There are world cup matches that go beyond the sport, which inspires work to be done for people who support their own countries. The Inter-American Development Bank, a partner of the BBVA Microfinance Foundation, gets this game rolling, encouraging everyone to reflect on what field are we really competing.

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