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.

Jumpstarting sustainable microfinance in the Bahamas

Por Winsome Leslie

The English-speaking Caribbean has its own particular brand of microfinance.

Can the private sector save development?

Por Brigit Helms

It would be difficult to imagine a bigger sea change in thinking and practice about the private sector’s role in international economic development than what we’ve witnessed these past 12 months: from the financing-for-development conference in April that talked about moving from billions to trillions of dollars by crowding in private-sector financial resources, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September, to the United Nations-led climate change negotiations (COP21) in Paris that concluded in December, and finally to conversations about the technology-driven 4th Industrial Revolution ‎at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. 

How to train entrepreneurs? Don’t tax their cognitive bandwidth

Por Yuri Soares

Have you noticed that when you are driving with a passenger in your car, you stop talking whenever you have to perform a complicated maneuver (such as passing a truck on a narrow road or merging into traffic from an on-ramp)?  It’s because that task requires extra attention, and we have a limited budget for attention (cognitive bandwidth). Because the two activities requiring attention (the maneuver and talking) interfere with one another, it is a challenge to successfully complete the two simultaneously. 

Productividad e Inclusión Financiera: una respuesta a la desaceleración económica

Por Tomas Miller

¿Cómo se vinculan inclusión financiera y productividad? y ¿Por qué estas dos piezas del rompecabezas son importantes para el desarrollo de la América Latina y el Caribe (ALC)?