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.

Emerging markets attract record $126 billion in clean energy investment

By David Bloomgarden

With climate change an increasing concern, clean energy technologies are an attractive alternative. What’s more, development of these new, low-carbon technologies—including biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and wind—can help reduce poverty in developing countries and enhance their energy security.

A new funding source for social innovation: The ‘crowd’

By César Buenadicha

In the journey from a revolutionary idea, to a start-up business, to an expanding business, it’s difficult for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to access the finance they need through the traditional channels of private capital markets. A new way to address this gap is crowdfunding—an innovative tool that enables entrepreneurs or enterprises in the early stages of the business development cycle to tap the financial resources of the online community.

This public-private partnership serves chicken soup

By Guillermo Villacorta

When you think of public-private partnership (PPP) projects, you imagine a large airport project or a new highway. But in the case of a micro PPP in Santiago Nonualco, El Salvador, you could take a walk and buy some Indian chicken soup or warm chocolate or pupusas from friendly vendors in a clean, safe and historic market. We’re referring to the Anastasio Aquino central market in the small farming community of Santiago Nonualco in central El Salvador, which is administered jointly by the microentrepreneurs who sell there and the town government.

The Future of Financial Inclusion

By Sergio Navajas

In the last week of October 2015, the MIF’s annual Foromic conference took place in Santiago, Chile. This is the region’s largest gathering on financial inclusion—with over 1,300 participants, it is a must-attend for financial industry managers, government officials, investors, donors, consultants, and other stakeholders. It provides the ideal backdrop to discuss the future of financial inclusion.

3 reasons why behind every great entrepreneur there is a great mentor

By Guest

By Luz María de la Mora Sánchez, Founder, Vital Voices Mexico

There’s a saying that “behind every great man, there’s a great woman,” and without a doubt, behind every great entrepreneur there’s a great mentor. One of the most effective ways to develop and grow a business is by seeking the advice of a mentor who has lived through the good, the bad, and the ugly of the entrpereneurial life, and who is willing to share his/her knowledge with less experienced entreprenueurs to make their business experience easier.