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.

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.

Más allá del reciclaje: un modelo de economía circular para América Latina y el Caribe

By Estrella Peinado-Vara

En América Latina y el Caribe viven 625 millones de personas y en pocos años cerca del 80% de la población se concentrará en áreas urbanas. Para alimentar a una población que crece a este ritmo se deberían producir un 50% más de alimentos, 45% más de energía y un 30% más de agua en 2030. Lo cierto es que el sistema económico actual no contempla los limites naturales de nuestro planeta y esto nos lleva a la degradación del suelo, polución, emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, consecuencias ambientales que terminan siendo económicas y sociales.

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?