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¿Qué recomendaciones le darías a una mujer para que sea una gran mujer?

Por Laura Giraldo


 

Qué mejor oportunidad que el del Día Internacional de la Mujer para destacar las innumerables e incluso simultáneas facetas de las mujeres en el día a día. No sólo son trabajadoras sino también emprendedoras, consejeras, madres, esposas, hijas, abuelas, amigas....y la lista podría continuar, porque si algo tenemos en común es nuestras perseverancia y deseo por encontrar un balance  en el ámbito personal y profesional.  Estas son nuestras #SuperMujeres. Entrevistamos brevemente a cuatro mujeres del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). ¡No se pierdan lo que tienen que decir!

International development organizations and poverty measurement—are we doing it right?

Por Nobuyuki Otsuka

 

 

Recently, the MIF published a study on how microfinance institutions and others in Latin America and the Caribbean use Grameen Foundation’s Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) to measure the impact their work has on reducing poverty. The study also got me thinking about how my colleagues and our counterparts in international development use this tool ourselves—and about how other, perhaps unexpected, entities use it.

Social Impact Bonds: Alternative financing mechanisms for education

Por David Bloomgarden

 

I had the pleasure of presenting at the “The Global Education & Skills Forum 2014,” held in Dubai March 15-17.  The Forum invites heads of government to meet with business leaders with a view toward strengthening ties and further engaging the private sector in the field of education.  The developing world has over one billion 15 to 24 year-olds who are faced with limited access to quality education, depriving businesses of talent that drives economic growth and reduces poverty. In Latin America and the Caribbean, despite substantial growth in education spending over the last decade, educational outcomes in the region lag behind other regions over the world – from years of school to quality of schooling.  The key message that came out of the Forum for me is that governments, civil society and private sector need to forge effective and integrated partnerships to make the best use of new technologies to provide access to quality education to children around the world.

Las fuentes de información mas respetadas en Microfinanzas

Por Guest


 

¿Dónde puede encontrar información actualizada y comparable sobre microfinanzas e inclusión financiera? ¿Cuáles son las fuentes más confiables?  Estos temas fueron recientemente abordados en nuestras discusiones preliminares para ampliar el enfoque del Microscopio Global sobre el entorno de las Microfinanzas hacia la Inclusión Financiera; y como parte de este proceso, analizamos los resultados de una evaluación realizada por Fusion Research sobre la relevancia del Microscopio Global entre los actores del sector de las microfinanzas. 

 

FAQ – Social Impact Bonds in Latin America and new MIF pilot program

Por Zachary Levey

This month, the Multilateral Investment Fund became the first development finance institution (DFI) to launch a program for Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). With this program, we hope to put countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on the map among an elite group of countries that are testing this innovative social sector finance instrument.

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