the mif blog

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

Creating sustainable agribusiness for St Lucia


The island of St. Lucia, located in the Windward island chain of the Caribbean, has traditionally depended heavily on bananas production as a driver of exports and GDP. However, the combination of loss of access to preferential EU markets and an accelerated impact of climate change, specifically increased temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns, has resulted in a significant decline in the island’s agricultural sector and fish catch, negatively impacting both livelihoods of rural populations and heightening exposure to food security issues. To enhance the productivity and sustainability of livelihoods in local agro production, particularly in the context of climate change, two parallel but inter-related changes are needed.

10 maneras de organizarse para la innovación digital en servicios financieros


Por Sonja E. Kelly, Centro de Inclusión Financiera, Accion y Sergio Navajas, Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

Instituciones financieras alrededor del mundo, y de todos los tamaños, se están uniendo a la revolución digital. En nuestro trabajo diario tanto del Centro para la Inclusión Financiera de Acción como del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo observamos casos de éxitos de instituciones que se orientan al mundo digital, pero también dificultades y fracasos. A finales de este mes estaremos discutiendo estrategias para impulsar la innovación digital como parte del Foromic en Buenos Aires. (¡Únase a nosotros durante nuestra sesión el martes, 31 de octubre a las 11:15 am!). Mientras tanto, para las instituciones que quieren iniciar el camino de la innovación digital, aquí tenemos algunas sugerencias sobre las mejores estrategias para lograrlo:

Four countries where spotting birds is protecting biodiversity and increasing incomes


Nestled among towering volcanoes, Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Four of the Central American region’s seven biomes meet in the Atitlan region, making it a biodiversity hotspot and a natural “gas station” for migrating birds. But here, as elsewhere in the developing world, a lack of economic opportunities often drives local residents toward activities that devalue local ecosystems for biodiversity and for the people who rely on them for resources. 

Can supply chains gain competitive advantages by becoming more climate resilient?


Blog by Maribel Hernandez, Senior Consultant at Acclimatise, and Svante Persson, Coordinator, PROADAPT/IDB

How can businesses, large and small, make their supply chains more climate resilient and simultaneously become more profitable? Almost any supply chain, but particularly those that are dependent on natural resources, will experience the impacts of a changing climate in all its parts. A recent study by Acclimatise for the IDB’s PROADAPT program, shows that assessing climate change risks and their effects helps businesses better understand their supply chains and strengthen their resilience, and in that process, give them a competitive advantage in the market.