New Funding Source for Social Innovation: The ‘Crowd’

New Funding Source for Social Innovation: The ‘Crowd’

In the journey from a revolutionary idea, to a start-up business, to an expanding business, it’s difficult for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to access the finance they need through the traditional channels of private capital markets. A new way to address this gap is crowdfunding—an innovative tool that enables entrepreneurs or enterprises in […]

Whither Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Reserves

Whither Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Reserves

After a exponential rise in foreign exchange reserves accumulation by emerging markets from 2000 onwards, the tide seems to have turned south since mid-2014. Changes in capital flows and commodity prices have been major factors behind the inflection, with the new direction expected to remain, given the context of the global economy going forward. Although […]

A New Day in Colombia

A New Day in Colombia

Given Colombia’s recent economic success during years of war, what it could achieve in years of peace? Colombia’s inherited reputation for cocaine, drug-trafficking and conflict may not be entirely undeserved. But in recent years, a new reputation has emerged – one of a serious, safer country with dynamic growth opportunities. Colombia has averaged 4.6 percent […]

Corporate ‘Venturing’ Is Producing Tangible Social Impacts

Corporate ‘Venturing’ Is Producing Tangible Social Impacts

Companies are beginning to understand that they are uniquely positioned to scale up proven solutions to social and environmental problems, and that they have a role in addressing the challenges associated with poverty. The private sector played a key role in developing the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and companies are working to align their […]

Real Depreciation in Brazil

Real Depreciation in Brazil

photo: Justin Kiner What a difference a year makes! For visitors to Brazil, a steak lunch in a top restaurant would have cost USD $120 per capita in October 2014 (not including caipirinhas or wine). Today the same meal costs roughly USD $65. The Brazilian real has experienced one of the most dramatic depreciations among currencies […]

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

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

From the Multilateral Investment Fund Trends blog  If women make up half of the population and almost half of professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean, why are not more women represented in senior management positions in businesses in the region? A study recently published by McKinsey & Co., Women in the Workplace 2015, estimated that in […]

Social Entrepreneurship Enters the Mainstream

Social Entrepreneurship Enters the Mainstream

From the Multilateral Investment Fund Trends blog Once a niche concept at the intersection of business and development, “social entrepreneurship” is now mainstream. A social entrepreneur, according to Ashoka founder Bill Draper, who coined the term in 1980, is a person with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. A social enterprise is one […]