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.

Unlocking the data treasure chest hidden in your inbox

By Irani Arraiz

I am fascinated by debt: the advance of cash today against the mere promise of payment in the future.  A promise that depends crucially on trust and knowing who the borrower is. For that, financial institutions rely mainly on credit bureaus. But not every country has a perfectly functioning credit bureau, in which case access to credit suffers.

Finding the right type of financing for impact enterprises

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

Large-scale affordable housing projects, wind farms, and small-scale diagnostic health clinics are just some examples of the wave of impact enterprises that have been emerging over the last decade, seeking to address social and environmental needs in addition to making profits. The unique characteristic of these impact enterprises is the expectation of a net positive social or environmental benefit, whether through their product or service, or in the way they create value for the communities they serve. Some may be extremely profitable; others may more closely resemble nonprofit organizations. What most of them share is a difficulty in finding capital that aligns to their needs and enables their growth.

Financial institutions provide customer service fueled by artificial intelligence

By Irani Arraiz

Businesses have been using online customer service for a while.  It is a popular channel because is fast and easy to use―it requires minimal effort from the customer, which increases the likelihood of completing the task that they are up to complete. 

Jóvenes de América Latina y el Caribe buscan trayectorias laborales ascendentes

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez

Eduardo Herrera es un joven que vive en la ciudad de México. Dejó la escuela sin terminar la secundaria y estuvo trabajando en el sector informal de la economía. Llegó a tener hasta tres empleos informales y como él mismo explica “no logré nada, simplemente recibía la paga”. Y así es para la mayoría de los jóvenes entre 15-29 años de América Latina y el Caribe.

Effective solutions for youth that don’t want to be NEET anymore.

By Francisco Larra Bujalance

Alejandra is a Mexican young woman whom dropped out of secondary school when she was 16 years old due to her pregnancy. After a long period out from school and the labor market, she would like to work but she perceives that her situation neither allows her to enroll in a job training nor look for a job. Daniel decided to drop out when he was studying his last year of secondary school. He thought that school didn’t contribute anything to his life and he decided, in his own words, “to the monotony of doing nothing for living” because there was not hope in Uraba, his home region in Colombia.