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A critical time to support infrastructure development

By Dennis Blumenfeld


On June 26, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao concluded his tour of Latin America by offering a US$10 billion loan program for infrastructure projects in the region. A commitment of this size will undoubtedly have wide ranging benefits for productivity and growth, although when one compares the size of the pledge to the region’s estimated $200 to $250 billion infrastructure gap, it’s clear that even more needs to be done to meet peoples’ needs.  
One way to fill the gap is through public-private partnerships or “PPPs,” long-term contracts between a public-sector body and a private-sector entity for the design, construction operation and maintenance of public infrastructure.

¿Qué es lo “micro” en las microfranquicias?

By César Buenadicha


Desde la publicación del libro “Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered” de E. F. Schumacher, el enfoque “micro” en el campo de desarrollo económico se fue consolidando como un eje central para las distintas entidades en el sector. De manera similar al microcrédito, las microfranquicias parten de un concepto mayor (las franquicias) pero adaptan el mismo para incluir a personas pobres y de escasos recursos, generando con ello un instrumento aplicado de desarrollo social y económico.

Podemos afirmar que las microfranquicias se diferencian de las franquicias principalmente en dos aspectos.

Asian Development Bank brings Infrascope to the Asia-Pacific region

By Dennis Blumenfeld

The Infrascope, an interactive index and learning tool developed by the MIF and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), evaluates the readiness and capacity of 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to implement  public-private partnership (PPP)  projects in the transport, water and sanitation and electricity sectors. Now, it has crossed the Pacific. 

Convocatoria Programa Tecnologías para la Inclusión Financiera



Mañana 4 julio cerramos la tercera convocatoria del Programa tecnologías para la inclusión financiera, más conocido por “Tec-In”. Aún estás a tiempo de enviar tu idea, por medio de un video a o por medio de un link de youtube, vimeo, yousent u otro servicio de envío.

Estamos buscando nuevas ideas de usos de tecnología para la inclusión financiera. Y la inclusión financiera tiene diversas dimensiones. 

The faces and stories behind Haitian SMEs

By Susana Garcia-Robles

While many of my MIF colleagues have already been to Haiti, this was my first visit to the country. Winsome Leslie and I were there to visit potential investments of the Leopard Haiti Fund, a recently approved MIF VC/PE fund. Little did I know I was about to experience something much more meaningful at a professional and personal level than just an average due diligence mission…