Trends

The challenge of international development requires a medley of ideas. At the Multilateral Investment Fund, we work in an array of topics that are at the forefront of efforts to spur the economic development of the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. Each week, this blog "Trends" brings you our latest research and thinking. 

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Sports, theater, and circus arts ease at-risk youth into the workforce

By Claudio Cortellese

Trends is on vacation this week. This post ran previously on our blog. 

By Claudio Cortellese and Mariel Sabra 

For the vast majority of the 160 million youth between 15 and 29 years old in Latin America and the Caribbean, the transition into the labor market is anything but easy. Youth unemployment continues to hover around 13%—three times the rate of adults (5%). When broken down by gender, young women experience higher unemployment rates than their male counterparts (17% vs. 11%). And, of the young people who have been able to find a job, more than half are employed in the informal sector, according to the International Labour Organization

Sports, theater, and circus arts ease at-risk youth into the workforce

By Claudio Cortellese

By Claudio Cortellese and Mariel Sabra 

For the vast majority of the 160 million youth between 15 and 29 years old in Latin America and the Caribbean, the transition into the labor market is anything but easy. Youth unemployment continues to hover around 13%—three times the rate of adults (5%). When broken down by gender, young women experience higher unemployment rates than their male counterparts (17% vs. 11%). And, of the young people who have been able to find a job, more than half are employed in the informal sector, according to the International Labour Organization

Opportunities for economic development in peripheral regions

By Claudio Cortellese

In the last decade, Latin America and the Caribbean has revived a debate about industrial policies, often related to initiatives to support small and medium-sized enterprises, which employ more than half of the region’s workforce. These smaller businesses generally have far lower productivity than larger companies, so an improvement in their productivity can have a significant impact.