the mif blog

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

Living for the sea: Restoring coral reefs on the Dominican coast

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By Sheilly Núñez. 

The turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Caribbean attract tourists the world over. And for good reason. The region is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world. Beneath the surface of all that natural beauty, however, is a rich and hugely varied ecosystem that a new generation is working to keep vibrant and intact. For the Dominican Republic, the sea is one of its main attractions. The reefs also represent an important source of income for coastal communities. Fausto Guerrero, a 29-year-old resident of Punta Cana who used to rely solely on fishing for his livelihood, is now working to preserve the coral reefs that are so crucial to sustaining marine life and biodiversity in Dominican waters.

How to provide savings products to remittance clients: A new guide

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By Elisabeth Burgess, author of Inclusive Savings for Remittance Clients: A Practical Framework 

En español

Last month, a manager at a Latin American microfinance institution told me he’d been tasked with revamping the company’s strategy to promote savings products among its low-income clients, while simultaneously overseeing its growing international remittances business. As he brought together the two business units under his leadership, he wondered: Could migrants and their families be a good target market for savings products? 


The MIF in Haiti: Five Years Post-Quake

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By the MIF Haiti Team

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti and its partners in an unprecedented way. We’re taking the opportunity reflect on the work the MIF has done in Haiti since that day, and looking ahead, we are thinking about how we can better respond to the country’s needs. The MIF has been active in Haiti since 1995 and there were a number of active projects at the time of the earthquake. We immediately provided support to our current partners, and then focused on contributing to rebuilding the Haitian economy as a whole. 


Innovación por sí sola no es suficiente - la importancia de las redes

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English version

Este blog forma parte de la cobertura de la conferencia sobre Escalamiento del Emprendimiento Social Corporativo y fue originalmente publicado en inglés en Next Billion. Escrito por Carolina Tocalli, consultora de impacto social e innovación.

Durante la mañana de este Primer Congreso sobre Escalamiento del Emprendimiento Social Corporativo, el tema de las barreras a la hora de escalar fue el foco de discusión. El almuerzo de networking estimuló a los participantes a ir más allá de los impedimentos que atraviesan sus proyectos de escala,  siendo fue muy acertada la oferta de paneles y charlas de la tarde sobre la construcción de alianzas y redes.


Innovar desde adentro: Escalando el emprendimiento social corporativo

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primera Conferencia sobre Escalamiento del Emprendimiento Social Corporativo

El 20 y 21 de noviembre el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y organizaciones socias realizaron en Santiago de Chile la primera Conferencia sobre Escalamiento del Emprendimiento Social Corporativo (Scaling Corporate Social Enterprise Conference). Participaron alrededor de 200 personas, representando a distintos sectores y países. Como indicó  Hans Schulz – vicepresidente del Sector Privado del BID, en la bienvenida, el propósito de esta conferencia “es iniciar un ecosistema de innovación social capaz de generar esperanza para los sectores más vulnerados de la región”.