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.

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).

¿Qué tan inclusivo es el reciclaje en tu ciudad?

By Guest

Estrella Peinado-Vara  y Diana Rodriguez Velosa 

Si vives en una ciudad en América Latina y el Caribe (ALC), seguramente has visto recicladores informales en las calles y avenidas recuperando materiales reciclables en contenedores o bolsas de basura para luego venderlos o aprovecharlos. La separación y recuperación de residuos reciclables en la región está liderada por estas actividades informales. Del total de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos (RSU) que se producen en ALC, se estima que solamente el 
2,2% se recicla bajo esquemas formales. El resto lo recolectan los recicladores informales (o recicladores de base). Pero, ¿qué tanto sabemos de estos hombres y mujeres que trabajan diariamente en esta actividad? ¿Cómo se compara tu país con otros países de la región?

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

PPP models address the region’s urban challenges

By Guest

Imagine if all large and medium sized cities of Latin America had good quality, sustainable, modern and affordable transportation choices: metro lines, bike sharing systems and light rails. Envision cities with ample access to green, safe, well maintained public spaces and where most of the energy used is generated by biofuels originated from the recycling of municipality waste, and where information about these services are only one click away. All that functioning via innovative, transparent, sustainable and efficient Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) models, where the private sector builds and/or manages these operations, assumes risks and its remuneration is linked to performance. Sounds like a dream? As of today, it may sound that way but the dream is getting closer to reality in various Latin American and Caribbean cities.