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.

Introducing the PPPAmericas Blog Series

By Dennis Blumenfeld

June 20th through 22nd the MIF will kick off the seventh edition of its PPPAmericas conference.

In 2009, I joined MIF to organize the second ever PPPAmericas; at the time, a small, invitation only event. Since, PPPAmericas has grown into the largest knowledge event on public-private partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference is a hub for exchanging knowledge on the latest trends in developing public-private partnerships and for identifying strategic partners and business opportunities.

In “the land of lakes and volcanoes," many lack access to safe drinking water

By Svante Persson

When you first see Bilwi from the air before landing on its tiny grass airstrip, your first thought is that you will be landing in the middle of a vast swamp. There are very few buildings, scattered cattle, and almost no people. It definitely doesn’t look like an urban area. But Bilwi is the capital of Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous region on the Caribbean Coast (RAACN). The 60,000-strong population of the RAACN is predominantly indigenous and Afro-descendant, and despite its constitutional autonomy, the RAACN is extremely isolated, both geographically and politically, and up to 75% of its population lives in poverty or extreme poverty. 

The Circular Economy: Butterflies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Estrella Peinado-Vara

A butterfly sums it up: It can be a symbol of biodiversity, fragility, the capacity for transformation, ora diagram of the type of economy that we should aim for. Just over half (54%) of the world’s population of 7.3 billion people live in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. The population is growing, and with it increased amounts of waste. If that is not managed well, it can produce serious environmental, health, and economic problems.

Travel in the educational cloud: Navigating Latin America’s learning portals

By Marcelo Cabrol

The trip can begin any time you like. All you need is a one-way ticket: fast Internet access. Now an itinerary: the route to learning something. Anything. Many things at once. Continuous, self-paced learning is now universally available throughout Latin America, at virtually no cost.

Open data + increased disclosure = better public-private partnerships

By David Bloomgarden

The benefits of open and participatory public procurement are increasingly being recognized by international bodies such as the Group of 20 major economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and multilateral development banks. Value for money, more competition, and better goods and services for citizens all result from increased disclosure of contract data. Greater openness is also an effective tool to fight fraud and corruption.