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. 

Our complete list of blogs can be found here.

This public-private partnership serves chicken soup

By Guillermo Villacorta

When you think of public-private partnership (PPP) projects, you imagine a large airport project or a new highway. But in the case of a micro PPP in Santiago Nonualco, El Salvador, you could take a walk and buy some Indian chicken soup or warm chocolate or pupusas from friendly vendors in a clean, safe and historic market. We’re referring to the Anastasio Aquino central market in the small farming community of Santiago Nonualco in central El Salvador, which is administered jointly by the microentrepreneurs who sell there and the town government.

Corporate ‘venturing’ is producing tangible social impacts

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

Companies are beginning to understand that they are uniquely positioned to scale up proven solutions to social and environmental problems, and that they have a role in addressing the challenges associated with poverty. The private sector played a key role in developing the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and companies are working to align their core business strategies with the global economic development agenda. The reasons are twofold. First, the most advanced companies no longer see corporate social responsibility activities as just a social duty and peripheral to core business. With half of global output, or 40% of market value, originating in emerging markets, companies realize that these markets are essential to the future of businesses that are seeking international opportunities and growth. 

Building Blocks to Provide Basic Services in Haiti: Targeting, Partnerships, and Flexibility

By Winsome Leslie

It is widely accepted that access to basic services is a key aspect of improving the lives of individuals at the base of the economic pyramid in any country. Unfortunately, basic services in Haiti are an outlier in two respects when compared with the rest of the Americas.

Breaking through to the C-Suite and Beyond: Chile Sets the Trend for Women

By Maria Teresa Villanueva

If women make up half of the population and almost half of professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean, why are not more women represented in senior management positions in businesses in the region? A study recently published by McKinsey & Co., Women in the Workplace 2015, estimated that in the United States, based on developments in the last three years, it will take 100 years before we have gender parity at the "C" levels—named for their acronyms in English (CIO, CFO, CEO)—which are the highest-level executive positions. The outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean appears to be even worse, given that its current share of women in management positions is only 6.4%, or one-third of the 19 percent share in the United States.

Banks can make the world a better place—here’s how

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By Angela Miller

When people are asked to name institutions they trust, banks rarely top the list. In fact, they don’t usually make  the top five. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, the financial sector is among the least trusted industries, a position it has held since the depth of the global financial crisis in 2008.