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.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question that adults everywhere ask young people. In fact, at the elementary school where my nine- and seven-year-old children attend, all of the children are asked that same question and their responses are published in the school yearbook. The answers are amusing and range from spy to veterinarian to president. While my son is currently deciding between three professions: chef, college professor of Economics, and teacher, my daughter hasn’t made up her mind yet. 

La educación en Recife se pone unas dosis de innovación

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez

El 22 de junio la División de Educación del BID lanzó un twitter chat sobre ¿Cómo innovar de manera sostenida en el sistema educativo en #LatAm? Con @BIDEducación@Summa_Edu, y expertos #LatamEd, y justo coincidió que estuve en Recife, capital de Pernambuco, Brasil, donde pude conocer una serie de iniciativas innovadoras en la educación media y técnica. Voy a hablar de 2 iniciativas: Escuela Técnica Cícero Dias, Pernambucoders, y cerraré con NEO Brasil, la razón de mi visita.

Banks in the digital era...Do you need an innovation hub?

By Sergio Navajas

Banks are no strangers to innovation, but are they keeping up with the times? What strategies are banks using to deal with rapid innovation in the financial industry? These topics were central to a panel on Innovation Hubs and Sandboxes at Columbia University’s 6th Annual Fintech, DFS (Digital Financial Services) & Payments Summit which took place in early June, 2017.[1] The panel had participation from Citi Fintech, Open Innovation at Barclays Bank, Deutsche Bank’s New York Innovation Lab, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, and KPMG.

It's all about mergers in Jamaica and the Caribbean

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez

A few weeks ago, I was in Jamaica to visit the NEO Jamaica alliance and to speak at the 3rd International Conference on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Caribbean about public-private partnerships. It is always nice to see progress firsthand and to meet with our partners after a year since the NEO alliance was launched.

Improving job opportunities for youth in Valparaiso

By Francisco Larra Bujalance

Chile has been one of the faster growing economies in the region during the last decade. However, like the rest of the Latin American and the Caribbean region, 50 percent of its businesses are struggling to hire qualified workers, especially for technical and operative positions. In parallel, 4.2 million youth, especially those in more disadvantaged situations, have unlocked potential and risk being excluded from economic grow.