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. 

Our complete list of blogs can be found here.

Latin American Migrants in Spain: Fintech innovations are not enough

By Fermín Vivanco

When we think of innovations in financial services in 2016, we mostly think of fintech. Many new innovations in financial services come in the form of new apps for our smartphones, which make it easier to carry out financial activities such as splitting the cost of a gift or sending money to a friend.

Multi-stakeholder alliances: learning to see the world through the eyes of the others

By Francisco Larra Bujalance

Seis hindúes sabios, inclinados al estudio, quisieron saber qué era un elefante. Como eran ciegos, decidieron hacerlo mediante el tacto. El primero en llegar junto al elefante, chocó contra su ancho y duro lomo y dijo: «Ya veo, es como una pared». El segundo, palpando el colmillo, gritó: «Esto es tan agudo, redondo y liso que el elefante es como una lanza». El tercero tocó la trompa retorcida y gritó: «¡Dios me libre! El elefante es como una serpiente». El cuarto extendió su mano hasta la rodilla, palpó en torno y dijo: «Está claro, el elefante es como un árbol». El quinto, que casualmente tocó una oreja, exclamó: «Aún el más ciego de los hombres se daría cuenta de que el elefante es como un abanico». El sexto, quien tocó la oscilante cola, acotó: «El elefante es muy parecido a una soga». Y así, los sabios discutieron largo y tendido, cada uno excesivamente terco y violento en su propia opinión y, aunque parcialmente en lo cierto, estaban todos equivocados. Parábola atribuida a Rumi, sufí persa del s. XIII.

The timing is right for impact investing in Latin America

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

There is increasing momentum behind impact investing—the global movement of investors, development agencies, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists working to realize financial, social, and environmental gains.

Unlocking capital to solve social problems: rethinking innovation, entrepreneurship, and impact

By Susana Garcia-Robles

For years, Latin America and the Caribbean has been looking for the right innovation model to replicate as a way to unlock capital for its entrepreneurs. Is it Silicon Valley? Israel? Korea? Boulder? Which model has the magic wand that will transform Latin America and the Caribbean and allow it to play with the “big guys”: the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, or Korea?

The digital meteor and the future of jobs, income, and assets: Ninjas, Ojihas, and Modilals

By César Buenadicha

65 million years ago, a dinosaur was eating peacefully—as many generations of dinosaurs had done before—when it noticed a ball of fire in the sky moving toward the Earth. The dinosaur was a bit worried, but as a member of the most successful and longest lasting species of animals back in those times, it didn't think the meteor was a threat to its existence. Meanwhile, a small rat-like animal, one of the first mammals on Earth, ran close to the dinosaur, eating some of its leftovers.

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