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Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Will robots take our jobs?

Por Brigit Helms

A recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study on the future of work indicates that 50 percent of the tasks conducted by today’s global workers could be automated using technology that already exists today. What does this mean for the average person? Should we be afraid of being forced to bow to our robotic overlords? What kinds of jobs will be available in the future for our children? How can we prepare them for the challenges ahead? And what is the public policy response?

Getting Smart at the Sandpit

Por Brigit Helms

By Brigit Helms and Maggie Dugan

The large Mexican city of Guadalajara is a thriving commercial center and home to 1.5 million people. But nearly 24,000 homes in Guadalajara have only a dirt floor and lack access to indoor plumbing and sanitation services. To tackle the challenge of people living without access to basic services in a large metropolitan area, 25 experts from different professions assembled a few months ago for a 5-day immersive workshop called a “Sandpit,” held in the community center in Guadalajara’s neighborhood of Zapopan.

2016 en el FOMIN

Por Brigit Helms

Este año ha estado lleno de acontecimientos y para el FOMIN ha sido un año muy productivo y transformador. Comparto con ustedes algunos de nuestros hitos. Les deseo que disfruten las maravillosas fiestas con sus seres queridos y ¡Esperamos trabajar con ustedes en 2017!

How women-led entrepreneurship can crush social and economic exclusion

Por Brigit Helms

This is Paloma. Paloma is an 11-year-old Guatemalan girl. And she is my daughter. Honestly, I'm afraid for her future.
Michelle Obama told us, "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens."

Un hito en el camino hacia el futuro del FOMIN

Por Brigit Helms

Estas son noticias con “información privilegiada” pero son tan interesantes que he querido compartirlas de forma inmediata. Como ustedes saben, el FOMIN está financiado por 39 países donantes — 26 en América Latina y el Caribe, y otros 13 de otras partes del mundo— que nos confían su dinero para llevar a cabo proyectos innovadores en la región.