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Emerging Markets Attract Record $126 billion in Clean Energy Investment

FOMIN | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business

By Michael Hofmann and David Bloomgarden Michael Hofmann is a green growth expert at the Multilateral Investment Fund who works at the intersection ...

Building Blocks to Provide Basic Services in Haiti: Targeting, Partnerships and Flexibility

FOMIN | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact

It is widely accepted that access to basic services is a key aspect of improving the lives of individuals at the base of the economic pyramid in any country. Unfortunately, basic services in Haiti are an outlier in two respects when compared with the rest of the Americas.

Wanted: Soft Skills

FOMIN | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact

By Yuri Soares and Maria Elena Nawar Yuri Soares is chief of development effectiveness at the Multilateral Investment Fund. He holds a PhD in econom...

Breaking Through to the C-Suite and Beyond: Chile Sets the Trend for Women

FOMIN | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business

By Carolina Carrasco and Maria Teresa Villanueva Maria Teresa Villanueva leads the development and implementation of Multilateral Investment Fund pr...

Equal Potential, Unequal Paths: Explaining the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurial Success

FOMIN | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business

By Yuri Soares and Shoshana Grossman-Crist Yuri Soares is chief of development effectiveness at the Multilateral Investment Fund. He holds a PhD in...

Redefining Property: The Sharing Economy

FOMIN | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business

Any individual or company now has full access to information and global markets in real time. This has unleashed the power of people to share ideas, financing, and goods and service in a way that has changed forever how we communicate, interact, and exchange ideas and resources.

Social Entrepreneurship Enters the Mainstream

FOMIN | Posted 10.09.2015 | Business

While there is little doubt that social enterprises offer huge potential as sustainable drivers of development, growth, and job creation, as with other new and emerging sectors, social enterprises are highly dependent on their environment.

Boot Camps to Kick-Start Public-Private Partnerships in the Caribbean

FOMIN | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business

The concept of public-private partnerships is in vogue in the Caribbean. Some governments mistakenly believe that PPPs allow the private sector to build and maintain infrastructure like roads, and provide public services like wastewater treatment, with little cost to the public sector.

Greening Corporate Value Chains Lowers Environmental Impact and Lifts Competitiveness

FOMIN | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business

So what aspects should multinational corporations focus on to address increasing stakeholder pressures and improve their operational sustainability? One important area is the management of natural resources and environmental impacts, both in the corporations' own operations and also in their "value chains."

An Alternative Anti-Drug Policy: Economic Resilience

FOMIN | Posted 09.22.2015 | World

The success of many anti-drug measures adopted by governments in the past decade has been at best mixed, and the costs associated have been high. The most common anti-drug efforts are related to eradication of crops and include manual eradication.

Top Down + Bottom Up = Effective in Haiti

FOMIN | Posted 08.27.2015 | World

Five years after the cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, there are encouraging signs of economic activity. In construction, two international chains, Best Western and Marriott, have opened hotels in Port-au-Prince in the last two years.

Would a Women's Club Break the Hegemony of the Men's Club?

FOMIN | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business

You could play a game to find the seven differences in photographs of boards of chambers of commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean. At first glance, they all look very similar: white men between 50 and 60 years old, wearing suits and ties.

Social Impact Bonds Are Coming to the Tropics

FOMIN | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business

Social impact bonds hold substantial potential, not only for the United States and Europe, but also for many emerging markets around the world. Recent developments indicate that Latin America may become a robust new frontier market for SIBs, with a rich set of multiple-player ecosystems.

Bringing More Remittance Clients into the Financial Fold

FOMIN | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business

Remittances are a strong driver of financial inclusion in both sending and receiving countries. They can encourage and accelerate the adoption of new technologies, and offer opportunities to promote accumulation of savings on both the sending and the receiving ends.

Corporate Social Innovation is the New Corporate Social Responsibility

FOMIN | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business

A new trend in international development has paired some unlikely business partners: development finance institutions and impact investors are working with large multinational corporations to fund projects that advance both development and business agendas.

Sports, Theater, and Circus Arts Ease At-Risk Youth into the Workforce

FOMIN | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact

The MIF and IDB are devising a way to analyze and systematize the critical factors needed for workforce preparation for youth living in conflict with the law or in high-conflict zones. The aim is identify and implement some innovative interventions, adapted to the needs of young people in different environments.

Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Unprecedented Collaboration Assists the Most Vulnerable In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, January 23, an unprecedented joint NGO-military operation ...