Tendencias

Los desafíos del desarrollo internacional requieren una pluralidad de ideas. Aquí en el FOMIN, trabajamos en una gama de temas que están a la vanguardia de los esfuerzos para impulsar el desarrollo económico del sector privado en América Latina: microfinanzas, emprendimiento de la mujer, financiación de productos “verdes”, bonos de impacto social, entre otros. Con el fin de aprovechar el potencial del conocimiento de nuestros expertos, estamos lanzando un nuevo blog, Tendencias.

Nuestro listado completo de blogs se pueden encontrar aquí.

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.)

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.

What would you do with $2.2 trillion dollars?

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

By Elizabeth  Boggs Davidsen and Charmain Love

The groundswell of businesses that want to be more purposeful and work alongside government and civil society organizations means that we should dream bigger about how to solve some of the biggest challenges the world faces today. And maybe money isn’t an excuse anymore, given a report by the New York Times (in the United States) and research by Grant Thornton (in the United Kingdom), showing that the balance sheets of companies in these two countries alone have $2.2 trillion in cash waiting to be used. 

Se vienen los mutantes del desarrollo…y nos importa

Por Marcelo Cabrol

Los mutantes son organismos que mutan debido a un cambio en su estructura o su composición.  En el mundo del desarrollo ya empezamos a reconocer a los mutantes que, lenta pero inexorablemente, empiezan a competir en el espacio históricamente reservado para las Instituciones Financieras Internacionales (IFIs).  ¿Cómo entender estos cambios?, ¿cómo aprovechar a los mutantes para mejorar la vida de la gente en América Latina y el Caribe?   

How women-led entrepreneurship can crush social and economic exclusion

Por Brigit Helms

This is Paloma. Paloma is an 11-year-old Guatemalan girl. And she is my daughter. Honestly, I'm afraid for her future.
Michelle Obama told us, "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens."

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