the mif blog

Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Will robots take our jobs?

By Brigit Helms

A recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study on the future of work indicates that 50 percent of the tasks conducted by today’s global workers could be automated using technology that already exists today. What does this mean for the average person? Should we be afraid of being forced to bow to our robotic overlords? What kinds of jobs will be available in the future for our children? How can we prepare them for the challenges ahead? And what is the public policy response?

Getting Smart at the Sandpit

By 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.

2016 at the MIF

By Brigit Helms

2016 has been an eventful, productive, transformative year at the MIF. Here are just a few of our highlights. We all hope you and your loved ones enjoy a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to working with you in 2017!

How women-led entrepreneurship can crush social and economic exclusion

By 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."

A milestone on the road toward the MIF’s future

By Brigit Helms

This is somewhat “insider” news, but it’s so exciting I wanted to be sure to share it right away. As you may know, the MIF is funded by 39 donors—26 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 13 from other parts of the world–who entrust us with their money to carry out innovative projects in the region.