Venture Capital: Driving Economic Growth

Venture Capital: Driving Economic Growth

Startups and scale-ups create the vast majority of jobs in the formal economy, providing, on average, 66 percent of jobs worldwide and the greatest share of jobs in low-income countries. Moreover, small and medium-sized enterprises are important not just for job creation, but also for economic growth, thanks to their outstanding capacity to increase productivity […]

Ensuring Water Access in the Face of Climate Change

Ensuring Water Access in the Face of Climate Change

Actors across a watershed often have very different needs, with upstream landowners trying to exploit natural resources, such as forests and grasslands, without necessarily taking into account how their actions might impact downstream water users. Incentive-based conservation mechanisms, such as Reciprocal Watershed Agreements (RWAs) or Payment for Environmental Services (PES), attempt to align incentives across […]

How to Train an Entrepreneur

How to Train an Entrepreneur

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 […]

Equal Potential, Unequal Paths: Gender Gaps & Entrepreneurial Success

Equal Potential, Unequal Paths: Gender Gaps & Entrepreneurial Success

photo: Entrepreneurial Finance Lab At the annual summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA) that took place from September 29th through October 1st, it is was evident that we’ve learned much over the past few years on how to fashion effective approaches to help women entrepreneurs. GBA is a group of financial institutions, […]

An Alternative Anti-Drug Policy: Economic Resilience

An Alternative Anti-Drug Policy: Economic Resilience

 From the Multilateral Investment Fund Trends blog Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world, with no fewer than five of its major cities experiencing more than 100 homicides per 100,000 people each year, according to the most recent Global Study on Homicide. While the pattern of violence varies across different […]