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.

Small Islands, Big Impact: Socially-Motivated Investing in the Caribbean Gets Underway

By Winsome Leslie

The MIF is counting down to Foromic 2012. Foromic has long been the leading conference on microfinance and microenterprise in Latin America and the Caribbean, but in recent years its focus has broadened and now includes small and medium enterprise finance, financial products for poor and unbanked populations, and impact investment. This year, Foromic has a special island flavour, as it is being held for the first time in an English-speaking Caribbean country, Barbados. We see this as an excellent opportunity to showcase our work in the Caribbean - both in supporting access to finance in general, and specifically our initiatives to promote impact investing in the region.

Lessons from Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

By Steve Wilson

As Carmen Lacambra noted in her previous post, there are a growing number of enterprises in various sectors implementing adaptation strategies in Latin America.  Indeed, the private sector everywhere is undertaking increasing action in response to the demands of climate change.

But for the great majority of companies, these actions are not described as “climate adaptation” or “climate resilience,” but simply as a part of the “doing business.” This is changing. 

Inclusión Financiera en Chile: Identificar brechas y desarrollar soluciones

By Fermín Vivanco

El FOMIN y la Unidad de Inclusión Financiera del Ministerio de Desarrollo Social de Chile han comenzado a trabajar conjuntamente en el desarrollo de una metodología de diagnóstico y medición de inclusión financiera, así como en el diseño de una estrategia para la inclusión financiera de los grupos más vulnerables del país. Para ello contaremos con el apoyo de Analistas Financieros Internacionales (AFI), firma española líder en consultoría económica y financiera con amplia experiencia en América Latina, y financiación del Programa de Apoyo a la Innovación del FOMIN  Gobierno de España.

¿Cómo adaptarse a la realidad del cambio climático?

By Steve Wilson

El cambio climático es una realidad  que influye en la actividad económica de las empresas, sin importar a cual sector de la economía pertenezca. En Perú por ejemplo las inundaciones del 2010 afectaron fuertemente a los habitantes de Cusco y al turismo, varios turistas tuvieron que ser evacuados de la zona de Machu Picchu y durante varios meses la zona Arqueológica permaneció cerrada afectando severamente la economía de Cuzco.

La realidad es que el cambio climático ya no es una teoría sobre el calentamiento global y algo que va a pasar. 

Haiti: Come in and have some coffee

By Nara Meli


Welcome to the Multilateral Investment Fund's Haiti Blog. We are glad that you stopped by to visit us! We will be bringing you stories about MIF projects in Haiti, and keep you posted on what is happening around the topic of Haiti in the field, the news and blogosphere. The idea is to raise awareness of the great things we are doing in the country.
For instance, did you know that until two decades ago, coffee was Haiti’s principal farm export, representing as much as 70 percent of its foreign agricultural sales?