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How to Ramp Up the Social and Economic Contributions of Indigenous Peoples

A strong public and private commitment with the more than 800 indigenous groups in Latin America & the Caribbean is needed to boost their contribution to economic development. Better and more investment in indigenous territories is a must, as part of an approach based on development with identity that increases the efficiency and impact of such investment.

Four ways to get more women on corporate boards in Latin America
Four ways to get more women on corporate boards in Latin America

Two weeks ago, Banco Santander invited 50 women to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management to participate in the W50 program. The W50 program is part of the Banco Santander Universities program. It builds on the decision of former Bank’s president Emilio Botín that Banco Santander should maximize its social impact through universities providing education and capacity building. Over 90% of Banco Santander’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program is invested in the Universities program, an investment of over US$240 (EUR 210) million in scholarships since 2005.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day: Smart companies, pay attention
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day: Smart companies, pay attention

On November 19, 2014, the United Nations launched Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. This day reminds me of a newspaper article I read eight years ago that changed my life. It stated that, although more Jamaican women (70 percent) than men were graduating from higher education institutions, they had a significantly higher unemployment rate -15.6percent and 5.7 percent respectively-. As a Jamaican woman then working her way through university, it marked my professional path forever.