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A Preview of PPPAmericas 2013

By Elizabeth Terry

The 2013 PPPAmericas conference is only about a month away. PPPAmericas is the leading event focusing on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Latin America and the Caribbean. I recently spoke with the MIF’s lead PPP specialist, David Bloomgarden, about what is planned for this year’s conference, which will take place February 14-16, 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Un avance de PPPAméricas 2013

Falta solo un mes para la conferencia PPPAmericas 2013, el evento líder dedicado a las Asociaciones Público-Privadas (PPPs) en América Latina y el Caribe. Al respecto, hablé con el especialista líder de PPP, David Bloomgarden, quien me contó cuáles son los planes para la conferencia de este año, que se llevará a cabo en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, desde el 14 al 16 de febrero.

Inspiration is found in many places

By Maritza Vela

by Maritza Vela

Just before the holidays I went to London and had tea with the Prince of Wales. Yes, it’s true! The Prince is a great advocate for youth entrepreneurship, and founder of Youth Business International, a global network of programs that offer training, mentoring and access to capital to young people who want to start and grow businesses of their own. The MIF has partnered with YBI in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago, helping more than 1500 young entrepreneurs realize their dream, and generating employment for more than 3,000 people.

4 ways to move forward with handicrafts in Haiti

By Nara Meli

Back in June, we gave you a taste of what MIF was cooking in the artisan sector in Haiti. Six months ago, we were in the very early stages of defining what it is we wanted to do in the project. Since then, we worked hard, in consultation with the Artisan Business Network, a team of high-level consultants, and feedback from the artisans themselves, to build an initiative that would have an impact on artisans’ incomes and improve their links to the value chain. So, what is the main problem Haitian artisans face?