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.

Building resilience to climate change in Sertão

By Guest

Bacia do Jacuipe is a small county in the semiarid Sertão region in Brazil. Characterized by low precipitation and high deforestation rates, the region has suffered the impacts of climate change, in particular increased temperatures and drought.  Already facing socioeconomic challenges, the incomes and livelihood of farmer families are at risk of further decline.

Derisking Threatens Caribbean Banking Sector and Trade

By Guest

By Allan Wright

Allan Wright, country economist for The Bahamas at the Inter-American Development Bank, discusses the impact of derisking strategies on the Caribbean:

What does paternity leave have to do with a company’s success?

By Guest

By Jimena Serrano and Sanola Daley 

Companies in Latin America cannot find the human talent they’re looking for. An international survey of 41,000 companies found that more than 60% of employers in countries like Brazil and Peru have problems filling vacancies. In Costa Rica, more than 45% of the companies surveyed are dealing with this—they simply cannot find the right people.

Five lessons from the expansion of the Panama Canal

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By Rachel Robboy

Many aspects of the Panama Canal expansion make it stand out. The 7-year project to add a third lane to accommodate giant ships with triple the cargo capacity is the largest infrastructure project in Latin America and the Caribbean, costing over $5 billion. It brings in 22 percent of Panama’s national gross domestic product, allowing the country to grow at 6 percent in a year when the rest of the region is slowing down.

Building Capacity to Develop Sustainable PPPs: A New Global Certification

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By Jyoti Bisbey and Leopoldo Montañez

Governments around the world now understand that public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be an important option to help meet infrastructure and basic service needs while contributing to a reduction in poverty. By bundling construction and service delivery, PPPs offer the possibility of improved accountability, greater innovation, and long-term efficiencies. But because of several reasons, many governments are unable to identify, prepare, structure, and manage a successful and sustainable PPP. This situation results in many failed and cancelled projects, straining infrastructure development and public budgets even more. Time and again, the absence of a solid understanding of and experience in PPPs are cited as the cause.