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Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Innovation Ecosystems in Latin America

By Guest

For decades, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries tried to replicate the Silicon Valley model of innovation and early stage financing. As Susana García-Robles from the MIF stated "this Silicon Valley-obsession led to LAC being called “the Copycat Region”. Investors were wondering if innovation could come from countries like  Brazil or Jamaica.

Cumpliendo sueños en Guatemala: Wakami una empresa social y global

By Luis Alejandro Mejia Caniz

La incorporación económica de las mujeres es clave para el crecimiento y la equidad de los países en desarrollo. He tenido la oportunidad de ver de manera concreta como este enunciado se ha llevado a la realidad como parte de un innovador modelo de negocios liderado por el sector privado y aquí lo comparto con ustedes.

Is Latin America and the Caribbean ready for the digital era?

By Guest

The Digital Revolution, sometimes referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution , has been ushered in by new digital technologies that are transforming the personal, business, and government spheres, and how these three interact.

10 ways to organize for digital innovation in financial services


Sonja E. Kelly, Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion & Sergio Navajas, Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank

Financial institutions of all sizes around the world are joining the digital revolution. In our work and research at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and the Inter-American Development Bank we have seen some best cases of institutions shifting toward digital as well as some failures. At the end of this month we’ll be discussing strategies to pursue digital innovation as part of the Foromic in Buenos Aires. (Join us for our session on Tuesday, October 31st at 11:15 am!) In the meantime, for institutions that want to start down the path of digital innovation, here are a few of our top strategy suggestions.