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.

MIF and MIT fighting the trash crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

By Svante Persson

by Svante Persson (MIF) and Libby (MIT)

Many of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially remote and poor urban and semi-urban communities, are facing problems of waste management, which has a negative impact on public health, the local economy, and the environment. More efficient solid waste management systems can in turn improve the overall health of a community, create income generation opportunities in recycling and compost, and provide energy from either the implementation of biogas facilities or the extraction of methane gas from sanitary landfills. Responding to the recent increased awareness and need to solve the garbage problem, the MIF’s Access to Basic Services agenda has made integrated and sustainable solid waste management a priority as it responds to the region’s demand for assistance. In this work, the MIF has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Community Innovators Lab (CoLab)and drawn expertise from previous experiences, including the creatin of local Public Private Partnerships for community basic services; the expertise of IDB water and sanitation and health specialists; and the MIF’s ongoing programs, supporting informal recyclers around the region.

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.

Emerging potential for PPPs in LAC

By Dennis Blumenfeld


The development of infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Latin America and the Caribbean remains highly concentrated. Brazil and Mexico account for 65% of total investments, and this figure rises to more than 80% if one includes Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Despite the disproportionate development of PPP projects among countries in the region, governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have embraced PPPs as a pragmatic option for developing their infrastructure. Last February at the MIF’s PPPAmericas conference  in Cartagena, Colombia, there were government officials present not only from the aforementioned countries but from Uruguay, Guatemala, Argentina, Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador, Paraguay, Haiti, Panama, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, and other countries in the region.

Innovación en el acceso a servicios básicos: cinco casos de estudio

By Celia Bedoya del Olmo


Desde hace unos meses, el FOMIN junto con el Centro de Innovación en Tecnología para el Desarrollo Humano de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (itdUPM) hemos comenzado a trabajar en la identificación de cinco modelos innovadores basados en alianzas con el sector privado para la provisión de servicios básicos a población de bajos recursos en América Latina y Caribe.

English version

Education PPPs get new boost from world leaders

By David Bloomgarden


(C)2013 GEMS Education 

What do former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza, Ugandan Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Maria Kiwanuka, and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo have in common? They all agree that access to education, especially girls’ education, is essential for poverty reduction, and that it requires the development of an environment that supports effective public -private partnerships, including a regulatory framework that ensures access, quality, relevance and equity in education provision.

12345678

Authors