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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.

FINCONECTA: Building bridges between Financial Institutions and Fintechs

Por Sergio Navajas

When it comes to financial inclusion, the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region is no stranger to innovations coming from the outset of the formal financial sector. In fact, microcredit and agent banking are prime examples that illustrate the willingness of both regulated and non-regulated institutions to adopt creative new solutions in the quest to improve access and quality of financial services for certain underserved sectors of the population. Successful innovations such as this have become intricately woven into the fabric of formal financial systems in the region. However, in the case of Fintech, the situation is different. A Fintech innovation goes beyond simply improving an existing financial service or enhancing back-office operations; it can be way more disruptive, nimble and massive than that. It can create an entirely new type of institution or even a completely new concept, testing new ways altogether for interacting with clients.

Entendiendo mejor los sistemas de pago en los tiempos de las Fintech

Por Lukas Keller

Hoy en día se acepta que los pagos son con frecuencia las puertas de entrada a la inclusión financiera. Retirar dinero o enviar un repago de un crédito son experiencias financieras básicas sin las cuales no serían posibles los productos financieros tradicionales como créditos, ahorros y seguros.

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. 

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.  

Smart meters and water footprints: How to increase climate resilience in Mexico and Belize

Por Svante Persson

Increasing climate variability and related extreme weather events are significantly adding to the vulnerabilities of households and businesses due to deteriorating water sustainability, especially in climate sensitive areas with either lowlands adjacent to the ocean or in urban areas with large populations. Businesses will have to improve their resilience to climate change to protect their value chains. Actions to address these vulnerabilities should begin by focusing more on resilience and adaptation than on mitigation. Water management, affected by climate change, could be both a risk and an opportunity to livelihoods and businesses.

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