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Papas fritas y microseguros: La regulación

Por Shoshana Grossman-Crist

Ayer entré a la tienda de la esquina para comprar unas botanas y me quedé viendo la sección de papas fritas. Entre las opciones había sabor crema cebolla y BBQ; si hubiera estado en Perú me habría encontrado con papas fritas sabor ají peruano; si hubiera estado en Jamaica, tocaría de jerk chicken. Pero a pesar de las diferencias, en todos estos países compartimos una idea de lo que son las papas fritas y hay lineamientos para asegurar que no nos enfermen y que su mercadeo no sea engañoso. 

Las normas para los seguros funcionan de una manera similar; a pesar de las diferencias nacionales existen conceptos compartidos, y a tal efecto, el “Panorama de los microseguros en América Latina y el Caribe”  nos ofrece lecciones generales  para regular los microseguros en la región.

Networks are the Difference for Women Entrepreneurs

Por Susana Garcia-Robles

Some barriers are easier to see than others. The obstacles women face are overt throughout some cultures and corners of the world – laws against driving and owning property, rules barring them from certain social settings – while others are more subtle.

The Progress Out of Poverty Index: A solution to measure poverty reduction?

Por Claudia Gutierrez

Measuring poverty is a challenge in itself; just defining the word “poverty” could be subject to hours of debate in any international development organization. Let’s imagine that we want to “simplify” things, so we define poor as having an income level of less than $2 a day. Then, the task becomes how to estimate how much the people in a given community or group earn daily, since in general poor people have various and very unstable sources of income. So to learn more about their poverty levels, you have to ask them many questions, starting with where they live, how they live, what they do as a principal activity, as a secondary activity, as a temporary job, how many children they have, whether they receive remittances, if they borrow money... and so on and so forth. Imagine how difficult is to ask all of these questions, and even worse, how difficult it would be to answer them.

Emprendedoras en el siglo XXI

Por Guest

Por Isabelle Chaquiriand, Profesora del IEEM

“¿Y cómo hacés…?”  Me dice la mayoría de las personas cuando se enteran que tengo dos trabajos, tres hijos y un marido (tengo uno solo por recomendación de mi médico y mi sacerdote). Seguramente no haga nada muy diferente a lo que hace la mayoría de las mujeres hoy en día, que se puede resumir en una palabra muy usada pero a veces entendida solo parcialmente: EMPRENDER.

Happy Women's Day: What makes women happy?

Por Georg Neumann


The day after a very successful closing event for a MIF-funded project to strengthen women entrepreneurs, held last Friday in Lima, Peru, I found myself browsing through a major Peruvian newspaper over a delicious ceviche at the airport, waiting to fly back to Washington. It was March 8thInternational  Women’s Day, and the paper featured commemorated the day with dedicated articles, columns, a photo essay and coverage of several events that had taken place the day before. While the articles were inspiring in many ways, recognizing the need to strengthen gender equality and support women entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, a four page series of Women’s Day ads for discounts on mixers and other household goods caught my eye. They were not very different from the now dusty ads of smiling housewives in the 1950's.