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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.

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.

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.

Social Impact Bonds: Alternative financing mechanisms for education

By David Bloomgarden


I had the pleasure of presenting at the “The Global Education & Skills Forum 2014,” held in Dubai March 15-17.  The Forum invites heads of government to meet with business leaders with a view toward strengthening ties and further engaging the private sector in the field of education.  The developing world has over one billion 15 to 24 year-olds who are faced with limited access to quality education, depriving businesses of talent that drives economic growth and reduces poverty. In Latin America and the Caribbean, despite substantial growth in education spending over the last decade, educational outcomes in the region lag behind other regions over the world – from years of school to quality of schooling.  The key message that came out of the Forum for me is that governments, civil society and private sector need to forge effective and integrated partnerships to make the best use of new technologies to provide access to quality education to children around the world.

The Accelerator, a program to accelerate businesses providing basic services to poor and low-income populations

By David Bloomgarden

Latin America and the Caribbean is making substantial progress in moving people out of poverty and providing basic services to its population. Yet, the region has not covered the “last mile” to bring accessible and quality health, education, electricity and water and sanitation to the most vulnerable households.  Its cities are the fastest growing in the world within influx of poor people demanding dependable and quality basic services while many rural regions still lack basic services.  

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.