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.

Living for the sea: Restoring coral reefs on the Dominican coast

By Guest

By Sheilly Núñez. 

The turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Caribbean attract tourists the world over. And for good reason. The region is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world. Beneath the surface of all that natural beauty, however, is a rich and hugely varied ecosystem that a new generation is working to keep vibrant and intact. For the Dominican Republic, the sea is one of its main attractions. The reefs also represent an important source of income for coastal communities. Fausto Guerrero, a 29-year-old resident of Punta Cana who used to rely solely on fishing for his livelihood, is now working to preserve the coral reefs that are so crucial to sustaining marine life and biodiversity in Dominican waters.

Innovación por sí sola no es suficiente - la importancia de las redes

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English version

Este blog forma parte de la cobertura de la conferencia sobre Escalamiento del Emprendimiento Social Corporativo y fue originalmente publicado en inglés en Next Billion. Escrito por Carolina Tocalli, consultora de impacto social e innovación.

Durante la mañana de este Primer Congreso sobre Escalamiento del Emprendimiento Social Corporativo, el tema de las barreras a la hora de escalar fue el foco de discusión. El almuerzo de networking estimuló a los participantes a ir más allá de los impedimentos que atraviesan sus proyectos de escala,  siendo fue muy acertada la oferta de paneles y charlas de la tarde sobre la construcción de alianzas y redes.


Innovar desde adentro: Escalando el emprendimiento social corporativo

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primera Conferencia sobre Escalamiento del Emprendimiento Social Corporativo

El 20 y 21 de noviembre el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y organizaciones socias realizaron en Santiago de Chile la primera Conferencia sobre Escalamiento del Emprendimiento Social Corporativo (Scaling Corporate Social Enterprise Conference). Participaron alrededor de 200 personas, representando a distintos sectores y países. Como indicó  Hans Schulz – vicepresidente del Sector Privado del BID, en la bienvenida, el propósito de esta conferencia “es iniciar un ecosistema de innovación social capaz de generar esperanza para los sectores más vulnerados de la región”.

Empowering Rural Women in Agriculture

By Nancy Lee, General Manager

Project Results: Interfisa Financiera in Paraguay percentage of women rural clients

Empowering rural women as farmers, entrepreneurs, and leaders throughout the agricultural value chain is a topic with exceptional importance for agricultural productivity, fighting poverty, and food security.

Scaling Corporate Social Enterprise

By Claudio Cortellese

While it is easier to start a social enterprise today than it was 10 years ago, thanks to more options for networking, support services, and raising funds, it is still very challenging for social enterprises to scale their operations and impact. At the same time, social intrapreneurs – employees within corporations who develop practical solutions to social or environmental challenges– face constraints to scaling their concepts both inside and outside the company. Unlocking scale requires new collaboration between businesses, governments, academia, specialized consulting firms, impact investors, and civil society to establish a robust ecosystem.

The inaugural Scaling Corporate Social Enterprise Conference taking place in Santiago, Chile on November 20-21 is a first step towards bringing these different ecosystem actors together in the Latin American context in order to identify the barriers to scaling corporate social ventures and develop a common agenda to overcome them.