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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…

Capital Natural y la producción verde de Rio+20

By Lorena Mejicanos Rios

El sábado 16 de junio aterricé en el aeropuerto Antonio Carlos Jobim, o más conocido como Galeao, y fui acogida por el calor e ingenio que distingue a los brasileños. Al salir de aduana, nos recibió una "floresta" colorida y diversa, animada con sonidos de pájaros, corrientes de agua y viento, por la cual debíamos conducirnos. Este simulacro de "capital natural" universal fue elaborado con residuos de envases PET, y con uso de tecnología se logró darle movimiento y convertirla en la antesala ideal para ubicarnos en el tema central de Rio+20, el desarrollo sostenible, biodiversidad y preservación de los recursos naturales.

El tema del agua ha sido de relevancia en esta conferencia, al igual que la eficiencia del uso de recursos en general.

Welcome to AdaptAmericas

By Steve Wilson

Welcome to AdaptAmericasa forum for the exchange of ideas, models and knowledge on climate adaptation for smaller enterprises and their local communities. By climate adaptation, we mean practical actions taken to protect private and public assets and local communities from the destructive impacts of climate change. Climate change is a serious threat to enterprises, but for those with the right business models and know-how, climate adaptation is a market opportunity.

This blog will share practical models and tools for improving climate resilience and identifying opportunities presented by climate adaptation, especially for micro, small and medium sized enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean and other developing regions.

Notes from Rio+20: The Green Economy

By Ruben Doboin

On Sunday, I headed to the Forte de Copacabana for an event hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI) about the “green economy.”  I heard their temporary installations were grand, but somehow all I saw was the inside of a windowless makeshift conference room. Thankfully, the event was very interesting. It was split into three sessions: the value of sustainability and unlocking next practices, green jobs and investments, and advances in the greenhouse gas protocols for businesses. I thought the first panel was the most relevant to the MIF’s work. Here are some things that stuck with me and that I thought I would share.

Notes from Rio+20: Caipirinhas and Jet Fuel

By Ruben Doboin


When I arrived in Rio for the UN meetings on sustainability the  enthusiasm was about a flight scheduled for Tuesday, in which a new cane-derived jet fuel was going to be used in a flight from Campinas to Rio. All thanks to an innovative company called Amyris.