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  • The best of 2015: Surprising habits of productive women in the private sector

    The best of 2015: Surprising habits of productive women in the private sector

    In Argentina, 61 percent of mothers work outside the home. In Chile, the US and Mexico, those numbers are 59 percent, 57 percent and 42 percent, respectively. Globally, that percentage is growing. As I prepare to join these women after the birth of my second child, I know I must find ways to be more productive and disciplined in my corporate environment. To tackle this, I spent my last weeks of maternity leave seeking the advice of the most highly productive women in the private sector I know. Their surprising answers on work-life balance, professional success and doing more with less offer tools for women, men and companies more broadly.

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  • “One point five to stay alive” - Three ways the Caribbean's private sector can mobilize climate action

    “One point five to stay alive” - Three ways the Caribbean's private sector can mobilize climate action

    One goal of the upcoming Paris negotiations is to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius. The Caribbean is aiming even lower, saying it much achieve, “One point five to stay alive.” The Caribbean loses up to five percent of GDP annually due to natural disasters linked to climate change. Rising sea levels and water temperatures, ocean acidification and extreme weather events disproportionately affect the small, low-lying island nations. For them, closing the gap between climate pledges and climate actions is one way to measure the success of COP21. As ecosystems approach their limits, key business sectors can strengthen their efforts to bridge this crucial divide.

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  • Quinoa: more than a healthy super-food, a super solution to food security

    Quinoa: more than a healthy super-food, a super solution to food security

    Two years ago, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. Before then, it was scarcely found outside of colorful Andean marketplaces except at boutique shops in the U.S. and Europe. Now, many international food companies are embracing quinoa and exporting this super-food from Andean countries like Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

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  • A Green Revolution under the Central American Sun: Solar energy in Honduras

    A Green Revolution under the Central American Sun: Solar energy in Honduras

    [caption id="attachment_2625" align="alignleft" width="448"] Solar energy in Honduras: the roof of Embotelladora de Sula[/caption] The same sun that bathes Central America’s beaches is an increasingly valuable asset for many companies in the region. That is the case with the Honduran bottling plant Embotelladora de Sula, one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic projects in Latin America.

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  • Improving effectiveness of development cooperation and the role of private sector

    Improving effectiveness of development cooperation and the role of private sector

    By Ichiro Toda Many collaborative efforts are underway to bring public and private development practitioners together to strengthen development effectiveness. The push for more cooperation began in  November 2011 when the global development community, including the IDB, agreed to the Busan Partnership for Development Effectiveness. The principles in the agreement promote enhanced country ownership, results measurement, inclusive partnerships, transparency and mutual accountability in development work.  Recognizing the central role of the private sector, the Busan final document  encouraged efforts to:

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  • Transformation of banks to reach unbanked: Cases from Jamaica and Paraguay

    Transformation of banks to reach unbanked: Cases from Jamaica and Paraguay

    By Tomas Miller and Veronica Trujillo There have been remarkable advances in  the role of banks in financial inclusion and development in Latin America and the Caribbean as measured by various indicators (access to bank accounts, supply of credit, insurance for micro and small enterprises, and availability of customer points of service) compared with levels in the previous decade. However, the region still falls short in terms of the overall penetration of its financial system and in comparison with other parts of the world. Access to and use of credit and savings—measured as the proportion of people that borrowed money or had savings accounts with formal financial institutions in the past year—reach only 11% and 14% of the region’s population, respectively. Also, the proportion of adults with any account at a financial institution or through a mobile banking provider is a mere 51%, compared with more than 60% globally, according to the The Global Findex Database 2014.

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