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.

To connect or not to connect? Shifting energy industry forges unlikely partnerships

By Guest

On the big island in Hawaii, the sun shines 168 days of the year. In Honolulu, it jumps to 271 days of sunshine. That’s the perfect market to launch a new partnership between solar panel supplier SolarCity and electric carmaker Tesla Motors.

Latin America: The next global breadbasket

By Guest

International experts flew into the inaugural AgroLAC 2025 meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last month to promote new financial instruments that could connect with innovative solutions to expand and develop sustainable agricultural production across the region. The timing couldn’t be more significant: experts predict that global food production must increase by 60 percent to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit our planet by 2050. And we need to accomplish this as farmers and producers worldwide confront the growing effects of climate change and increasing competition for land and water.

Eligiendo ganadores en el mercado de remesas

By Guest

Las remesas son un negocio grande. Este año los clientes de remesas enviarán a través de canales formales unos $458 mil millones hacia países en desarrollo. El ingreso proveniente de las remesas para estos países en desarrollo es tres veces mayor que el presupuesto de ayuda mundial. Excluyendo a China, los flujos de remesas incluso sobrepasan la inversión extranjera directa. Sin embargo, los servicios de remesas no son conocidos por su capacidad de brindar una gran experiencia al cliente. He aquí el por qué.

SIBs and PPPs: Expanding cross-sector partnerships to solve social issues

By Guest

By Alexander Honjiyo 

Over the past year and a half, a financial mechanism called social impact bonds (SIBs) has garnered excitement throughout Latin America as an alternative way to fund social programs – from governments and private investors, non-profits and social entrepreneurs from Mexico to Brazil, Colombia to Chile.

While SIBs may be new, they are, in many ways, like Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), familiar to governments around the world and in particular to governments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Moving forward on aging and financial inclusion

By Guest

By Allyse McGrath, Senior Associate, Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion

Developing countries are aging at a rapid rate, and Latin American countries are a particularly strong example of this trend. In Peru, for example, the ratio of people over the age of 65 will jump from 1 in 10 to 1 in 4 by 2050. This demographic shift represents both a great challenge and a great opportunity, particularly in the field of financial services.