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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.

Empower women and investors will follow

By Guest

Gender equality is no longer a choice for companies. It is not only about fairness, but about business success.

Understanding Payment Systems in the Times of Fintech

By Lukas Keller

Payments are nowadays widely considered to be gateways for financial inclusion. Withdrawing money or repaying a loan are basic financial transactions without which traditional financial products like credit, savings and insurance would not be possible.

Is social capital the secret ingredient for entrepreneurial success?

By Dora Moscoso

Much has been said and written about the spectacular leap in innovation by Chile, Israel, Rwanda, and South Korea. These four very different countries have managed to harness innovation to transform their economies and achieve job creation, increased long-term productivity, and economic growth.

Add this ingredient to your social business: a low profit margin

By Fermín Vivanco

When you are tasting a dish for the first time, it’s a plus to discover new and varied ingredients that go well together. This diversity is found in the rich food of Oaxaca, in the south of Mexico, including “hoja santa” (a local green leaf), “pasilla chili,” chocolate, and chapulines (small grasshoppers). However, it is not easy to find one single ingredient that defines this cuisine.

Is global climate change good for business?

By Steve Wilson

In addition to increasing temperatures and rising sea levels, global climate change represents a complex exercise for the great majority of businesses, which must frame the meaning, the costs, and the business and investment opportunities associated with this ongoing phenomenon.

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