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.

The tectonic forces shaping the businesses of the future

Por Brigit Helms

A transformational movement is challenging the view that businesses exist primarily to maximize shareholder value. A growing number of businesses are keen to play a larger role in society, not simply by acting “responsibly,” but also by becoming a true “force for good.” They are harnessing the power of markets, entrepreneurship, and investment capital to tackle complex social problems in areas such as crime, education, health care, and clean energy.

No skills = no jobs: Building the skillsets of unemployed youth in the Caribbean

Por Siobhan Pangerl

More than one-quarter of the world’s 7.3 billion people are between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a recent UN Population Fund Report. That means there are more than 1.8 billion youth—a historic high—who are actively looking for a job or will be soon. For the most part, developing countries are on the receiving end of this demographic boom, which creates promising opportunities to strengthen the quality of their workforce in order to boost their productivity and economic competitiveness. Unfortunately, most developing countries have not been able to capitalize on this demographic dividend.

Los dividendos y beneficios de los datos desglosados por sexo

Por Maria Teresa Villanueva

Empecemos planteando una simple pregunta. Usando solamente la información proporcionada a continuación, ¿se puede determinar si la declaración final es verdadera o falsa?

¿Las mujeres salen perdiendo cuando se trata de financiamiento de sus empresas?

Por Susana Garcia-Robles

En el mundo, poco a poco se va aceptando la idea de que incorporar a las mujeres en los negocios y en cargos directivos resulta en equipos más creativos y complementarios. Se considera que la visión de ellas ayuda a las empresas a llegar más lejos, y el hacerlas partícipes en el mundo laboral genera que las empresas estén mejor administradas y sean más exitosas, dando como resultado el llamado “dividendo de género”.

Beyond the land of the unicorns

Por Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

When most people hear the word “unicorn,” images of a majestic white horse with a glistening, magical horn spring to mind. However, in business jargon, unicorns refer to privately held startups with market valuations of more than $1 billion—think Uber, Snapchat, and Airbnb—which operate across a range of sectors and are united in using technology as the basis of their business model.