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.

No skills = no jobs: Building the skillsets of unemployed youth in the Caribbean

By Siobhan Pangerl

More than one-quarter of the world’s 7.3 billion people are between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a recent UN Population Fund Report. That means there are more than 1.8 billion youth—a historic high—who are actively looking for a job or will be soon. For the most part, developing countries are on the receiving end of this demographic boom, which creates promising opportunities to strengthen the quality of their workforce in order to boost their productivity and economic competitiveness. Unfortunately, most developing countries have not been able to capitalize on this demographic dividend.

The dividends and profits of sex-disaggregated data

By Maria Teresa Villanueva

Let's start with a simple puzzle. Using only the information provided below, can you determine whether the final statement is true or false? 

Are women left with the short end of the stick when it comes to financing their startups?

By Susana Garcia-Robles

Throughout the world, the idea is gradually catching hold that including women in businesses and in positions of leadership results in more creative and more complementary work teams. The belief is that women’s vision helps businesses go further, and making them participants in the world of work creates better managed and more successful businesses. The result is the so-called “gender dividend.” 

Beyond the land of the unicorns

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

When most people hear the word “unicorn,” images of a majestic white horse with a glistening, magical horn spring to mind. However, in business jargon, unicorns refer to privately held startups with market valuations of more than $1 billion—think Uber, Snapchat, and Airbnb—which operate across a range of sectors and are united in using technology as the basis of their business model.

Jumpstarting sustainable microfinance in the Bahamas

By Winsome Leslie

The English-speaking Caribbean has its own particular brand of microfinance.