Notes from Rio+20: The Green Economy

Por Ruben Doboin

On Sunday, I headed to the Forte de Copacabana for an event hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI) about the “green economy.”  I heard their temporary installations were grand, but somehow all I saw was the inside of a windowless makeshift conference room. Thankfully, the event was very interesting. It was split into three sessions: the value of sustainability and unlocking next practices, green jobs and investments, and advances in the greenhouse gas protocols for businesses. I thought the first panel was the most relevant to the MIF’s work. Here are some things that stuck with me and that I thought I would share.

Notes from Rio+20: Caipirinhas and Jet Fuel

Por Ruben Doboin


When I arrived in Rio for the UN meetings on sustainability the  enthusiasm was about a flight scheduled for Tuesday, in which a new cane-derived jet fuel was going to be used in a flight from Campinas to Rio. All thanks to an innovative company called Amyris.

Haiti: Making a Living from Creativity / La creatividad como un medio de vida

Por Georg Neumann


Is it possible to make a living from creativity? According to renowned designer Donna Karan, it is. In fact, as she says, Haiti is one of the most creative countries she has ever visited. However, for a country to succeed, it is critical to generate opportunities for creativity that will translate into positive economic and financial results. This has been one of Karan’s objectives in Haiti, where she has invested time and money on a project whose purpose is to provide both design guidance and access to higher value markets to artisans in Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Jacmel.

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Rio+20: Dispatch from the ground

Por Gregory Watson


Having been in the ground now for two days at the 
Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the most interesting things I have heard so far in the sessions I have attended. I have been at the Corporate Sustainability Forum since Saturday. The forum, attended by nearly 2,500 people, is an event to discuss concrete private sector solutions to energy poverty and climate change.

Partnership & Innovation with State & Municipal Governments in Brazil

Por Luciano Schweizer


Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and the MIF are strongly related in Brazil, particularly on subnational levels. The MIF started building up its experience in 2001 with the successful PPP project in the State of Minas Gerais (ATN/MT-8724-BR). Other successful projects followed, one with the Ministry of Planning to support the Brazilian states to implement PPPs (ATN/MT-9587-BR) and the other with the Brazilian Institute of Municipality Administration (IBAM) to foster a new model looking at micro PPPs in the Brazilian municipalities (ATN/ME-11054-BR).