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

Data gaps for women entrepreneurs: why they matter

By Nancy Lee, General Manager

Versión en español

In September, we at the Inter-American Development Bank had the opportunity to host the annual summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women. GBA is a path-breaking consortium of more than 30 banks interested in serving women clients. While moderating a panel on gaps in data about the women’s market, I briefed the audience of about 200 on the gender-related results of a 2013 survey by FELABAN, the Latin American bankers’ association. The survey posed two questions to regional bankers regarding use of data broken down by gender and how banks serve their women clients.

¿Qué recomendaciones le darías a una mujer para que sea una gran mujer?

By Laura Giraldo


Qué mejor oportunidad que el del Día Internacional de la Mujer para destacar las innumerables e incluso simultáneas facetas de las mujeres en el día a día. No sólo son trabajadoras sino también emprendedoras, consejeras, madres, esposas, hijas, abuelas, amigas....y la lista podría continuar, porque si algo tenemos en común es nuestras perseverancia y deseo por encontrar un balance  en el ámbito personal y profesional.  Estas son nuestras #SuperMujeres. Entrevistamos brevemente a cuatro mujeres del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). ¡No se pierdan lo que tienen que decir!

Networks are the Difference for Women Entrepreneurs

By Susana Garcia-Robles

Some barriers are easier to see than others. The obstacles women face are overt throughout some cultures and corners of the world – laws against driving and owning property, rules barring them from certain social settings – while others are more subtle.

Emprendedoras en el siglo XXI

By Guest

Por Isabelle Chaquiriand, Profesora del IEEM

“¿Y cómo hacés…?”  Me dice la mayoría de las personas cuando se enteran que tengo dos trabajos, tres hijos y un marido (tengo uno solo por recomendación de mi médico y mi sacerdote). Seguramente no haga nada muy diferente a lo que hace la mayoría de las mujeres hoy en día, que se puede resumir en una palabra muy usada pero a veces entendida solo parcialmente: EMPRENDER.

Happy Women's Day: What makes women happy?

By Georg Neumann


The day after a very successful closing event for a MIF-funded project to strengthen women entrepreneurs, held last Friday in Lima, Peru, I found myself browsing through a major Peruvian newspaper over a delicious ceviche at the airport, waiting to fly back to Washington. It was March 8thInternational  Women’s Day, and the paper featured commemorated the day with dedicated articles, columns, a photo essay and coverage of several events that had taken place the day before. While the articles were inspiring in many ways, recognizing the need to strengthen gender equality and support women entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, a four page series of Women’s Day ads for discounts on mixers and other household goods caught my eye. They were not very different from the now dusty ads of smiling housewives in the 1950's.