The Sum of the Parts: Why Partnerships Matter in Youth Employment

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

For anyone working in development, the topic of youth unemployment is central, remains virtually unabated, and drives much debate over the right paths, strategies, partnerships, and funding mechanisms. Yet, for those organizations in the trenches, they know that working on improving youth employability can be a critical lever to addressing other problems such as security, drug addiction, and teenage pregnancy. This dynamic is not lost on the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the innovation lab of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, nor on the International Youth Foundation (IYF).

Innovation: the new Latin American entrepreneurial brand

By Susana Garcia-Robles

For decades, Latin American and Caribbean countries tried to replicate the Silicon Valley or Israeli models of innovation and early stage financing. Governments spent considerable amounts of money sending missions to these and other countries to “sample their secret sauces”, and working with US universities, to copy them.

Webinar: Finconecta

By Sergio Navajas

El Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones (FOMIN) lo invita a participar en un seminario en línea acerca del programa Finconecta

Will robots take our jobs?

By Brigit Helms

A recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study on the future of work indicates that 50 percent of the tasks conducted by today’s global workers could be automated using technology that already exists today. What does this mean for the average person? Should we be afraid of being forced to bow to our robotic overlords? What kinds of jobs will be available in the future for our children? How can we prepare them for the challenges ahead? And what is the public policy response?

El poder del circo para alcanzar un mejor empleo: la experiencia de Cuerda Firme

By Hilda Elizabeth Minaya Fernandez

Tengo 18 años y vengo de una familia pequeña, donde el único ejemplo de adulto que tuve fue mi mamá”, cuenta Joseph Vicente. Desde muy chico, tuvo que trabajar “de lo que sea” para ayudar a su madre pero después de pasar por el programa Cuerda Firme comenzó a aspirar a un trabajo formal, a una carrera. “Yo no era capaz de dialogar con alguien, era demasiado tímido. En La Tarumba pude desarrollar habilidades que ni siquiera yo sabía que tenía: Expresarme de una manera asertiva, expresarme de manera corporal, superar mis miedos a nuevos retos. Descubrí que puedo lograr hacer muchas cosas, solo es cuestión de esfuerzo y perseverancia”. Actualmente Joseph trabaja en el Poder Judicial como auxiliar de administración y cursa estudios en el Servicio Nacional de Adiestramiento en Trabajo Industrial (SENATI).