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Female Entrepreneurship Development: Ability, Circumstance and Choice

By Laura Giraldo


This post was written by Ruta Aidis, Assistant Director Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy (CEPP)

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor's 2012 Global Report identifies five countries in which women’s entrepreneurship rates surpass or are equal to those of men. Two of these countries, Panama and Ecuador, are in Latin America. At first glance, this seems like a very positive development! Several paragraphs down in the report, however, we notice that most of these female entrepreneurs are necessity-based, i.e. they started businesses “out of necessity” as opposed to “out of opportunity.”

New Directions in Public-Private Partnerships

By Dennis Blumenfeld



Thursday marks the start of the Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors in Panama. One issue certain to be discussed is the region’s continued infrastructure gap, which hinders productivity and development in many countries due to lack of basic sanitation, safe and efficient modes of transportation, and reliable access to electricity. At the Annual Meeting, there will be a panel organized by the MIF during which top experts will discuss how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can be utilized as an effective contractual approach for infrastructure development and service provision. The panel, New Directions in PPPs: New Actors, New Sectors, and New Sources of Funding, will take place on Friday March 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Those watching will learn how PPPs can leverage the innovation, expertise and financial capacity of the private sector for financing, designing, building, operating and maintaining infrastructure projects through long-term, output-based contracts. The panel will also explore when and when not to use PPPs and look at new actors, new sectors, and new sources of funding for these projects.  

La fuente natural de talento e innovación en Latinoamérica son las mujeres

By Laura Giraldo



Escrito por Patricia Araque, Co-Fundadora y Directora de Ellas 2.0. 

Las mujeres somos, como mínimo, la mitad de la población mundial. Esto nos lleva a una conclusión obvia: el crecimiento económico y la disrupción en el mundo de los negocios en Latinoamérica, tiene que venir, lógicamente,  de la mano de esas mujeres que aún no se han incorporado a la industria y que a día de hoy siguen siendo minoría.

En el último año he tenido el privilegio de adentrarme en el mundo del emprendimiento tecnológico en Latinoamérica y conocer personalmente a  emprendedoras de toda la región que a través de su trabajo diario están marcando la diferencia en sus ecosistemas locales y convirtiéndose en ejemplos y referentes a seguir por muchas otras. Todas esas profesionales tienen en común las siguientes cualidades.

Tourism in Haiti (Part II): One of the Challenges of Integrated Approaches

By Nara Meli


Last week, I wrote about what tourism is and has been like in Haiti. Today, I want to tell you about what the MIF is doing on the topic. In 2011, the MIF approved a three-year project aimed at positioning the North Department as Haiti’s prime tourism destination. The idea was to use an integrated approach to promote tourism based on the historical and cultural attractions unique to Haiti, involving stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The project would particularly organize and facilitate the management of the tourism destination with the participation of rural and urban micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, local and national government and other actors along the value chain. 

Un enfoque participativo para crear mayor competitividad en la región de la Region IV de Guatemala

By Anabella Palacios


Los representantes de los sectores público y privado de la Región VI de Guatemala, han conformado la primera Mesa Regional de Competitividad que busca mejorar el desarrollo económico del territorio. La misma cuenta con la participación de gobernadores departamentales, alcaldes municipales, funcionarios y técnicos del sector público, así como representantes del sector privado y sociedad civil de los departamentos de: Quetzaltenango, Sololá, Totonicapán, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu y San Marcos. La iniciativa busca mejorar la competitividad mediante la integración de los diferentes actores público – privados, a efecto de dinamizar la economía regional, atraer inversión, generar empleo y promover un mejor nivel de vida en la población.

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