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Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Change at the Multilateral Investment Fund: More Discipline + Client Focus = Greater Impact

By Nancy Lee, General Manager

Versión en Español 

As the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) enters its third decade, it retains its core attributes and client focus:  support for private sector-led innovation to benefit the poor and vulnerable in Latin American and the Caribbean—their firms, their farms, and their households. But it has evolved into a more disciplined laboratory, with the explicit aim of translating experimentation and innovation into systemic impact. 

Acceso a electricidad en zonas remotas de Perú: el caso de ACCIONA Micro Energía

By Irani Arraiz

Instalación de paneles solares. Acciona Microenergía Peru

¿Qué alternativas tenemos si queremos proveer acceso a electricidad a familias muy pobres en zonas remotas y de difícil acceso? Sabemos que si el costo de llegar a comunidades distantes excede cierto umbral, es más económico usar fuentes off-grid como mini-redes servidas por mini-centrales hidráulicas, generadores a diésel, o sistemas fotovoltaicos (comunitarios o domiciliares).  Pero incluso estas tecnologías siguen siendo costosas y fuera del alcance de muchas de estas familias.

Los tigres del Páramo: mejores que los tigres asiáticos

By Guest

Este blog pertenece a la serie de blogs en torno al XVII Foromic que se llevará a cabo este año en Guayaquil del 4 al 6 de noviembre. 

Lissy Vélez, Especialista del FOMIN en Ecuador.  

“Es importante  tener sueños y saber compartirlos. Las comunidades  se mueven cuando se satisfacen sus necesidades, en pocas palabras –no comen cuento”

Esta fue una de las cosas que  aprendí cuando sentados alrededor de la mesa en su cálida cocina, el Padre Antonio Polo  nos compartió generosamente algunas de sus experiencias en Salinas de Guaranda, ubicada sobre 3.550 msnm del páramo ecuatoriano. 

International development organizations and poverty measurement—are we doing it right?

By Nobuyuki Otsuka



Recently, the MIF published a study on how microfinance institutions and others in Latin America and the Caribbean use Grameen Foundation’s Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) to measure the impact their work has on reducing poverty. The study also got me thinking about how my colleagues and our counterparts in international development use this tool ourselves—and about how other, perhaps unexpected, entities use it.

The Progress Out of Poverty Index: A solution to measure poverty reduction?

By Claudia Gutierrez

Measuring poverty is a challenge in itself; just defining the word “poverty” could be subject to hours of debate in any international development organization. Let’s imagine that we want to “simplify” things, so we define poor as having an income level of less than $2 a day. Then, the task becomes how to estimate how much the people in a given community or group earn daily, since in general poor people have various and very unstable sources of income. So to learn more about their poverty levels, you have to ask them many questions, starting with where they live, how they live, what they do as a principal activity, as a secondary activity, as a temporary job, how many children they have, whether they receive remittances, if they borrow money... and so on and so forth. Imagine how difficult is to ask all of these questions, and even worse, how difficult it would be to answer them.