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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.

Testing ourselves: do we have unconscious bias about gender and work?

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By Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison is the Gender and Diversity Division Chief at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to joining the IDB, he worked at the World Bank as Lead Economist in the Gender and Development Group and as Regional Gender Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. He also has worked as an associate professor of economics at Tulane University and the University of New Mexico (U.S.)

Retos para financiar la infraestructura urbana

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Este blog forma parte de la serie de blogs hacia PPPAméricas 2016, que este año se llevará a cabo en Santiago, Chile del 20 al 22 de junio.  

Por Ellis Juan, Jefe de la División de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano del BID

El mejoramiento de la infraestructura urbana es un catalizador del desarrollo sostenible, estrechamente vinculado al crecimiento económico, al aumento de la productividad, a la reducción de la pobreza y a mayor equidad. Sin embargo, en América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) existe una brecha de infraestructura urbana tal que se requieren alrededor de US$100 mil millones anuales durante los próximos años para cerrarla – excluyendo componentes de adaptación/resiliencia que suponen un aumento en la inversión entre el 10% y 20%

Ecosystem for supporting social business in South Korea

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By Tamako Watanabe and Fumi Sugeno

Under the MIF Comparative Study of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Japan Research Institute (JRI) visited South Korea from Feb. 22nd to 25th and interviewed several social enterprises, intermediaries, including nonprofit organizations and foundations and the Korean Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA), a government agency.

A different approach to crediting smallholder farmers

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By Leo Tobias, Group Manager, Software Development, Grameen Foundation

It’s hard for a smallholder farmer to get a loan. According to the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, the $450 billion global demand by smallholders completely outstrips the global supply of $20-$30 billion.  A major factor limiting farmers’ access to finance is lenders’ perception of the high credit risk associated with farming.