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Socio del FOMIN recibe premio ambiental Goldman por su liderazgo en el desarrollo del reciclaje inclusivo en Bogotá

Por Georg Neumann


De Georg Neumann, Jane Olley, Lorena Mejicanos Rios, Estrella Peinado-Vera, Christine Ternet

Se estima que en América Latina existen 4 millones de recicladores informales. Por esta razón, nos alegramos cuando la semana pasada una de ellos, la Directora de laAsociación de Recicladores de Bogotá (ARB), Nohra Padilla, recibió el premio ambiental de la Fundación Goldman. Este premio Nobel verde, como se ha conocido, es un reconocimiento a líderes de organizaciones de base que han trabajado por la protección de los recursos naturales y ambientales, siendo agentes de cambio que pueden ser imitados.

Por medio de este premio se reconoce la labor de los recicladores en América Latina. La historia de Nohra Padilla (quien comenzó a recolectar material reciclable a los siete años), su camino hacia una vida digna y su reconocimiento como trabajadora legítima, es un ejemplo a seguir para todos los recicladores.

Do “Elephants, Mice and Gazelles” live in Latin America too?

Por Nobuyuki Otsuka


Versión en español

Elephants, Mice, and Gazelles – U.S. scholars argue that the enterprises can be categorized as one of these three animals: large but slow, quick but small, or small but growing rapidly. David Birch of MIT, who labeled the third category as gazelles in the ‘90s, shocked the world as his study showed that only 4% of the companies generated 70% of the jobs in the U.S. Since then, the study of gazelles has proliferated, and most of it concludes that promoting entrepreneurship is important because almost all net job creation is achieved by a disproportionately small group of firms. There are somewhat conflicting viewpoints yet to be reconciled, though.

NEO cumple un año

Por Elena Heredero Rodriguez

NEO – Nuevos Empleos y Oportunidades para Jóvenes – cumplió un año desde su lanzamiento en la Cumbre de las Américas en Cartagena de Indias. Ha sido un año frenético, en cuanto a la planificación y preparación del equipo de implementación (FOMINIYF y BID) para comenzar la ejecución, pero también de importantes avances en todos los frentes de desarrollo de esta ambiciosa iniciativa.

Made in Haiti

Por Nara Meli



Last week, while I was in Haiti, I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit a few artisan workshops both in Croix-des-Bouquets and Port-au-Prince.

My guide was Nathalie Tancrede from the Artisan Business Network, through which MIF is financing a project to boost the incomes and skills of Haitian artisans (see links hereand here). She would show me who are the artisans that are part of ABN, and whom the MIF would be supporting.

Consumer lending and financial inclusion in Latin America: Rewards and risks of expanding access

Por Sergio Navajas


Yolanda Luna, Mexico 2012. CGAP Photo Contest 

By Rafe Mazer (CGAP), Rudy Araujo (ASBA), Sergio Navajas (MIF)

On March 12 and 13, CGAP, the MIF, and the Association of Bank Supervisors of the Americas (ASBA) hosted a discussion with regulators in Latin America on consumer lending in the Americas, including participants from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, México, Perú and the US.

Consumer lending has evolved in different ways across markets, and has grown rapidly in recent years both in market size and outreach to low-income consumers and the growing middle class. Policymakers in the region have identified important risks resulting from this market evolution, but there are still not clear consensus views on how to measure and assess market penetration, how to separate the good aspects of it from what is potentially harmful, and the role of the regulators towards proactively controlling or reactively responding to the market.

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