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Políticas Efectivas para Banca Móvil en América Latina

Por Fermín Vivanco

Por Fermín Vivanco, Maria Luísa Hayem, Ana María Torres

Esta conferencia fue organizada por el Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público de Colombia, la Alianza para la Inclusión Financiera (AFI) con el apoyo del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones (FOMIN) el pasado 22 y 23 de febrero en la ciudad de Cartagena, Colombia. Autoridades regulatorias y de supervisión de la región, así como instituciones financieras,  entidades de telefonía móvil y otros actores relevantes en el desarrollo de políticas de inclusión financiera del más alto nivel sentaron las bases para avanzar hacia un ecosistema de servicios financieros móviles inclusivos en la región.

English version

Building better buildings in Port-au-Prince

Por Ryan Tang

Steel rebar protruded up from the tops of walls and homes we passed during our drive through Port-au-Prince, repeatedly giving me the impression that the builder had stopped short, unable to decide if they should more. It was my first time visiting Haiti two weeks ago and within the first 30 minutes traversing the city, the prevalence of concrete construction, of varying quality, quickly became apparent to me. A few days later we visited the plant of KayTek, a company that is challenging concrete as the norm in building by introducing Light Gauge Steel (LGS) to the market. Adam King, Executive Director, stated that LGS buildings can be constructed significantly faster and with better quality—including earthquake and hurricane resistance—for a comparable price.

 

Snapshots of climate change from small businesses in Colombia

Por Jennifer Baldwin


Together with the Environment and Clean Energy team at the MIF I was in Bogota, Colombia last week to learn about climate change adaptation for small businesses. The workshop shared the latest climate change science, theory, and philosophical issues. But what really brought the topic down to earth were several interviews with local small businesses in multiple different sectors already being affected by climate change.

LINGOs Trains MIF’s Haitian partners in capacity building: A Success Story

Por Nara Meli


As readers of this blog, you may have heard that the MIF provided assistance to its partners immediately following the January 12, 2010 earthquake. A grant of $3 million was distributed among 16 different institutions, all good performers, and with whom MIF had previously worked. What you may not know, is that as part of this emergency assistance, a 17th grant was given to LINGOs, which is a consortium of over 75 international humanitarian relief, development, conservation and health organizations. The purpose of LINGOs is to enable people working in development access learning at little or no cost. This includes project management training.

Why did MIF choose to finance this last grant? You guessed it: Capacity building. With the daily challenges the institutions faced, plus the influx of new funds to recover their capacity lost in the earthquake, the training came at a crucial time to boost the effectiveness of project management for our partners. And so in August 2010, the MIF partnered with LINGOS to conduct a project management capacity building project, to increase the developmental impact of all resources.

La Iniciativa Regional de Reciclaje Inclusivo en México

Por Estrella Peinado-Vara


Foto por Jane Olley. Torreón, México 2013.

por Estrella Peinado-Vara. Incorporación de pequeñas empresas a la cadena de valor- FOMIN


La semana pasada estuvimos Jesica Olivan y yo en México, acompañadas de nuestro compañero local del FOMIN, Alberto Bucardo y Jane Olley, la Coordinadora de la Iniciativa. Como siempre que vamos de misión regresamos habiendo dormido poco y trabajado mucho, pero con una gran sonrisa y satisfacción al ver con nuestros ojos y tener presente por qué estamos trabajando. Después de un par de días de reuniones en Monterrey con diferentes actores llegamos a Torreón (Coahuila), “la perla de la Comarca Lagunera”, para una visita de campo. Durante nuestra vuelta por la ciudad, nos encontramos con varios pepenadores, que es como se llama en México a los recolectores de materiales reciclables, que estaban haciendo su trabajo en la orilla de la carretera. Estos hombres y mujeres se ganan la vida recuperando PET, otros plásticos, cartón, papel y aluminio, entre los residuos que depositan los vecinos para recolección.

English: The Regional Inclusive Recycling Initiative in Mexico

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