The Sum of the Parts: Why Partnerships Matter in Youth Employment

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

For anyone working in development, the topic of youth unemployment is central, remains virtually unabated, and drives much debate over the right paths, strategies, partnerships, and funding mechanisms. Yet, for those organizations in the trenches, they know that working on improving youth employability can be a critical lever to addressing other problems such as security, drug addiction, and teenage pregnancy. This dynamic is not lost on the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the innovation lab of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, nor on the International Youth Foundation (IYF).

Latin America's Unique Brand of Impact Investment

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

The Latin American Impact Investing Forum, better known in the region as the FLII  (Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto), concluded February 17 after three  busy days of activities, panels, pitches, and parties.  Held in the Mayan City of Merida, Mexico, the FLII is now in its 7th edition, and has grown significantly in prominence and attendance. The 2017 event included over 400 engaged impact seeking participants from foundations, financial institutions, funds, faith based organizations, social enterprises, development finance institutions, governments and a few corporations. Leaders from the impact investing industry- those that intentionally target specific social objectives along with a financial return and measure the achievement of both, gathered to learn about the latest trends, promote new ideas, network, and match make.  

What would you do with $2.2 trillion dollars?

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

By Elizabeth  Boggs Davidsen and Charmain Love

The groundswell of businesses that want to be more purposeful and work alongside government and civil society organizations means that we should dream bigger about how to solve some of the biggest challenges the world faces today. And maybe money isn’t an excuse anymore, given a report by the New York Times (in the United States) and research by Grant Thornton (in the United Kingdom), showing that the balance sheets of companies in these two countries alone have $2.2 trillion in cash waiting to be used. 

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