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.

Engaging the Haitian private sector in climate change resilience: Why communication matters

By Jempsy Fils-Aimé

Last month, I participated in a Climate Change (CC) mission organized by the IDB’s Climate Change and Sustainability Division and the MIF. Our mission’ objective was to initiate a proactive discussion with the local private sector to explore options for their participation in two adaptation programs:

  1. The climate resilience concessional loans pilot program of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs); and
  2. The MIF’s PRODAPT facility.

Clean technologies: Inspiring solutions for poor households

By Carrie McKellogg

Last week’s Ashden Awards in London provided some inspiration and great insights into opportunities for new clean energy solutions for poor and low-income populations. What was most inspiring in each of the winning solutions is that clean energy was the beginning of a chain reaction that allowed communities to come together to solve other challenges in health, education, agriculture, and protecting the most vulnerable. 


Two recurrent topics among the winners and conference participants were clean cookstoves and residential solar power solutions, two issues very closely related to households and priorities for the work clean energy work of the Multilateral Investment Fund.

Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la gestión ambiental: el proyecto fruTIC en Argentina

By Aminta Perez-Gold

Por  Silvia Ibarrola, Líder de Proyectos en la Asociación Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral (ACDI)

fruTIC, proyecto piloto financiado por el FOMIN en el marco del Programa de Innovación en Tecnología de Información y Comunicaciones (TIC) para el Desarrollo de la PyME (ICT4BUS) está expandiendo sus servicios a productores de otras zonas citrícolas del país. El proyecto fue ejecutado por la Asociación de Citricultores de la Concordia en colaboración con la Asociación Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral (ACDI) y el INTA de Concordia, Entre Ríos, para contribuir a fortalecer la competitividad de las MIPyME productoras del sector citrícola argentino. El elemento innovador es el uso de una plataforma de servicios de información para la gestión ambiental que contribuye al mejoramiento de su eficiencia y al cumplimiento de los requisitos del mercado internacional. 

Remittances and solar energy: a bright future for a unique partnership

By Georg Neumann

When the sun goes down in Haiti, one thing becomes evident: No lights are switched on. Only about one in six Haitians has regular access to electricity. That means that for about 8.5 million Haitians, life at home goes dark at 7 o’clock in the evening and there is no light again until 6 a.m. when the sun comes up in the morning. In fact, a street vendor who sells daily necessities told me that candles are one of his most popular products. Last week, I traveled to Haiti to learn about the results of a MIF funded project designed to bring clean energy to poor households in the country. It does so in an innovative way. 

International climate finance: the role of the MIF

By Filippo Berardi

October 27

The Copenhagen and Cancun accords of 2009-10 represent key milestones in the international discussion on climate finance, as they set quantitative targets for the volume of financial resources developed countries will need to make available to fund the needed shift to a lower carbon economy. With those agreements, developed countries jointly committed to mobilize 30bn in ‘fast-start’ finance for the three year period 2010 to 2012, and 100bn/year thereafter, to finance climate mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries. With the period to pledge fast-start finance now closed, and as advanced economies start focusing on how to mobilize $100bn/year by 2020, we at the MIF have been working to ensure that finite resources are spent in an effective, yet timely, manner.