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Smart mobility: Developing solutions for Latin America’s urban infrastructure

By David Bloomgarden

How did you come to work today? In many cities in Latin America, a commute takes more than one hour. In Sao Paulo, the average worker needs 63 minutes to get to work. For many in metropolises such as Mexico City, Bogotá, Lima, or Santiago, spending two precious hours to get to and home from work is not a rarity. Every year, there are twice as many cars registered in Mexico City than babies born. But public transport and urban infrastructure have not developed at the same pace as economic growth.

Desde el Reino Unido a América Latina: Lecciones del primer bono de impacto social

By Zachary Levey

Cuando uno piensa en los bonos de impacto social, siempre hay que pensar en el primer caso. En el 2010, la consultoría Social Finance UK lanzó el primer bono de impacto social para ofrecerle a los prisioneros de la cárcel en Peterborough apoyo individual y global con el fin de reducir la tasa de reincidencia. Para alcanzar este objetivo, Social Finance UK cuenta con la asistencia de 17 fundaciones e inversiones de £5 millones. Los asuntos de seguridad pública son una prioridad para gobiernos, empresas, y la sociedad civil a lo largo de América Latina y el Caribe. Para entender mejor cómo podemos llevar las lecciones del caso de Peterborough a nuestra región, lea esta entrevista  con Marta García, parte integral del equipo de Social Finance UK.

Toward a smarter generation of public-private partnerships

By David Bloomgarden



En español

Latin America and the Caribbean is crying out for infrastructure improvements. An  investment estimated at 5 percent of the region’s GDP—or $250 billion per year—is required to develop projects that are fundamental for economic development, not only by improving highways and bridges, but also by building hospitals and creating mobility solutions for smarter cities. Every other business sees a lack of infrastructure as a serious problem for the region.

FAQ – Social Impact Bonds in Latin America and new MIF pilot program

By Zachary Levey

This month, the Multilateral Investment Fund became the first development finance institution (DFI) to launch a program for Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). With this program, we hope to put countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on the map among an elite group of countries that are testing this innovative social sector finance instrument.

The environment of PPPs in Latin America: the municipal level as the next border

By David Bloomgarden


In early June, the MIF organized a webinar attended by over 75 people from the private and public sector to present and discuss the results of the latest Infrascope. I was very happy about the participation among the participants who participated with some great questions!  Among the themes that stood out are how to apply the Infrascope methodology to cities. Especially growing medium sized cities face growing demands for basic services such as such as urban transport, clean water and sanitation, public safety, health and education.

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