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Multi-stakeholder alliances: learning to see the world through the eyes of the others

Por Francisco Larra Bujalance

Six blind Hindustani men set out to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the animal’s body. The first man approached the elephant, and happening to fall against his broad side, at once called out, "The elephant is very much like a wall!" The second, feeling the tusk, cried, "What we have here is so very round and smooth and sharp that it is mighty clear the elephant is very like a spear!" The third happened to take the squirming trunk within his hands and said, "My God, the elephant is very much like a snake!" The fourth reached out an eager hand and felt the animal’s knee. He said, “It’s clear enough the elephant is very like a tree!" The fifth, who happened to touch the ear, said, "Even the blindest man can tell the fact that an elephant is very much like a fan!" The sixth seized on the swinging tail. "I see," he said, "the elephant is very much like a rope!" And so, these Hindustani men disputed loud and long, though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong. (This parable is attributed to Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and teacher of Sufism.)

Argentina se suma a la Iniciativa Regional de Reciclaje Inclusivo

Por Estrella Peinado-Vara

En América Latina y el Caribe se estima que 4 millones de personas viven de recolectar y vender residuos, la mayoría en condiciones de extrema vulnerabilidad. Los recicladores de base suministran entre el 50 y 90% de los materiales reciclados para uso industrial, sin embargo, solo capturan una pequeña fracción del valor que generan para la cadena, estimado en 5%. Estas personas llevan adelante una labor de sumo valor para la sociedad y el medio ambiente, pero sufren de marcada exclusión económica y social.

Getting Smart at the Sandpit

Por Brigit Helms

By Brigit Helms and Maggie Dugan

The large Mexican city of Guadalajara is a thriving commercial center and home to 1.5 million people. But nearly 24,000 homes in Guadalajara have only a dirt floor and lack access to indoor plumbing and sanitation services. To tackle the challenge of people living without access to basic services in a large metropolitan area, 25 experts from different professions assembled a few months ago for a 5-day immersive workshop called a “Sandpit,” held in the community center in Guadalajara’s neighborhood of Zapopan.

El instrumento “Social Impact Incentives” impulsa la rentabilidad de los emprendedores sociales al tiempo que logran un mayor impacto social: simple, flexible y emprendedor

Por Laura Fernandez

En 2016 el Programa de Emprendimiento Social, administrado por el FOMIN, ha aprobado los dos primeros proyectos de lafacilidad LAC-IMPACT, en colaboración con la Cooperación Suiza para el Desarrollo. Esta facilidad pretende innovar mediante el financiamiento de “Social Impact Incentives” (SIINC). 

El FOMIN como laboratorio del Grupo BID: el caso de la ciudad colonial de Santo Domingo

Por Mariana Wettstein

La semana pasada, en su última sesión de este año, el Directorio del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo aprobó un préstamo de US$90 millones para la República Dominicana, con el que continuará la revitalización de la Ciudad Colonial de Santo Domingo (CCSD). Se trata de un Programa integral que abarca aspectos urbanos, económicos y de turismo cultural, a través de: la recuperación de espacios públicos y monumentos históricos; el mejoramiento de las condiciones de habitabilidad para los residentes; el desarrollo de las economías locales; y el fortalecimiento de la gestión de la CCSD. 

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