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Measure What You Value, Don’t Just Value What You Can Measure

Por David Bloomgarden

At the 3rd annual 2017 Winter Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, from January 25–27, I had the opportunity to interact with many of the leading thinkers, policymakers, funders, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and academics from around the globe. Key themes included social impact investment, the role of data and evidence, communications, public-private partnerships, impact measurement, and research-based best practices in social services. 

MIF in a Sandpit

Por David Bloomgarden

When you’re working in a “Sandpit” at the MIF, you won’t find a sandbox meant for kids. Instead, when we refer to a  Sandpit, we are talking about an intensive, interactive and interdisciplinary workshop designed to generate radically innovative solutions to specific challenges.

Buscando una mejor calidad de vida para 100 millones en la próxima década

Por David Bloomgarden

Una de las nuevas áreas de trabajo del FOMIN se agrupa bajo el concepto de “Ciudades Inclusivas”. David Bloomgarden, cabeza de esta nueva unidad, explica que este es un programa de apoyo a la innovación en el sector privado en ciudades en toda América Latina y el Caribe, que se enfoca en servicios urbanos, y de adaptación y mitigación del cambio climático a través del sector privado, en particular las PYME y las Empresas Sociales. “Nuestros principales beneficiarios son las poblaciones vulnerables y de bajos ingresos; nuestro objetivo global es que 100 millones más de personas tengan una mejor calidad de vida urbana durante la próxima década”.

Open data + increased disclosure = better public-private partnerships

Por David Bloomgarden

The benefits of open and participatory public procurement are increasingly being recognized by international bodies such as the Group of 20 major economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and multilateral development banks. Value for money, more competition, and better goods and services for citizens all result from increased disclosure of contract data. Greater openness is also an effective tool to fight fraud and corruption.

PPP knowledge products reach scale through the MDBs

Por David Bloomgarden

How can development institutions ensure knowledge products are scaled and effective in reaching multiple stakeholders?One way is collaboration among all the major MDBs as well as engaging the private sector in development and design and dissemination of products.  The MIF as an innovation fund creates products and business models that can be scaled by larger actors if proved successful.