Inclusive
  Cities

Fostering greater quality of life in urban areas of Latin America and the Caribbean by investing in scalable private sector innovations

Overview

80% of the region’s population lives in cities—and that percentage will only grow, reaching an estimated 84% by 2035. While cities can offer great opportunities to people of all income levels and backgrounds, this rapid growth tends to bring with it a number of challenges, including insufficient housing and basic services for poor and vulnerable households, increased carbon footprints due to inefficient resource use and inadequate waste management, vulnerability to climate change-related and natural disasters, high rates of crime and violence, traffic congestion that wastes time and pollutes the air, and a lack of decent jobs for the expanding labor force.

While cities can offer great opportunities to people of all income levels and backgrounds, this rapid growth tends to bring with it a number of challenges.

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It Matters

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of local economies, providing the majority of jobs in our region’s cities. The most entrepreneurial SMEs are capable of generating scalable solutions for many of the challenges arising from the expansion of cities.

Our action

What the MIF is doing

Harnessing information to save money, time, and space while also making people safer and more productive.

Piloting new approaches that increase access to goods and services.

Going beyond traditional recycling models to maximize the reuse, maintenance, refurbishment, and remanufacturing of components and products.