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Saving for a better retirement

By Andrea Reyes Hurtado

According to the book Better Pensions, Better Jobs, published in 2013 by the IDB, in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) 130 million workers are not saving towards their pensions. It also states that only 4 out of 10 workers currently contribute to a pension system. This data points to how critical this issue currently is amongst the most vulnerable segments. This is where lessons learned on inclusive savings play a relevant role and provide the basis for designing strategies that incorporate products focused on retirement savings.

In search of effective mentoring programs for women entrepreneurs

By Yuri Soares

By Yuri Soares and Maria Teresa Villanueva 

Mentoring is a tool that has the potential to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and in some cases change their lives. Models of mentoring are more widely available than ever before. Modern approaches emphasize that women benefit from a wide array of mentors—not only experienced and successful women, but also male role models, peers, and even competitors. Mentoring is also increasingly conducted through dynamic platforms, often online or through social media, and is increasingly integrated as part of broader programs.

The Sharing Economy in Latin America: New business models for urban growth

By Guest

Roughly 54% of the world’s population resides in cities. By 2050, an additional 2.5 billion people will join this vast urban population. This trend is especially apparent in Latin America, which is already the second most urban region in the world. Latin America’s urban population is growing at a rate of 1.5% per year and is projected to account for nearly 90% of the region’s population in the coming decades.

Puntos de venta móviles prometen cambiar la industria de pagos en México, menos la comisión

By Juan David Reyes

En el año 2003 Elizabeth Holmes fundó Theranos, una compañía que tenía como objetivo utilizar la tecnología para transformar la industria de la salud. Hoy Theranos permite hacer un examen de sangre utilizando tan solo una gota de sangre, a una fracción del costo en comparación con los exámenes tradicionales. Una idea sencilla y transformadora que pudo reducir la estructura de costos de una industria. ¿Por qué no se ha podido hacer lo mismo en el sistema de pagos en México? ¿Por qué resulta tan difícil generar un modelo de negocio que reduzca las comisiones?

El “Provi” creando oportunidades para jóvenes vulnerables

By Ana Castillo Leska

Hace unos días, Juan de 13 años y tres compañeros más nos recibían en su Liceo  “Papa Francisco” (o el "Provi" como ellos le dicen) ubicado en el barrio de Casabo en Cerro Oeste, una de las zonas más vulnerables de la ciudad de Montevideo, donde sólo dos de cada diez jóvenes termina la educación secundaria. 

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