The Timing Is Right for Impact Investing in Latin America

The Timing Is Right for Impact Investing in Latin America

There is increasing momentum behind impact investing—the global movement of investors, development agencies, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists working to realize financial, social, and environmental gains. In Latin America, capital committed by impact-investment funds increased to roughly $2 billion by the end of 2013, from $160 million in 2008, representing a 12-fold growthin just five years. Fourteen to […]

Five Lessons from the Expansion of the Panama Canal

Five Lessons from the Expansion of the Panama Canal

Many aspects of the Panama Canal expansion make it stand out. The 7-year project to add a third lane to accommodate giant ships with triple the cargo capacity is the largest infrastructure project in Latin America and the Caribbean, costing over $5 billion. It brings in 22 percent of Panama’s national gross domestic product, allowing […]

Suriname: Facing the Storm with a Correction of Course

Suriname: Facing the Storm with a Correction of Course

photo: Nicolas Raymond Suriname is facing twin – external and fiscal – deficits that originated in the commodity price slump of recent years. In response, the Surinamese government started a four-pronged adjustment program in August 2015 to adapt to new circumstances. Falling commodity prices led to multiple shocks on the Surinamese economy… On the back of […]

Venezuela: Crisis in Caracas

Venezuela: Crisis in Caracas

photo: Rainforest Action Network Venezuela’s rich oil resources, once a source of its strength, have now the South America’s leading nation on mat as it faces an economic crisis at an unprecedented scale and size amid rout in international crude oil prices. In Venezuela these days it’s not unusual to see huge gatherings of people jostling […]

Where Is the Code.org for Latin America and the Caribbean?

Where Is the Code.org for Latin America and the Caribbean?

photo: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)/R. Farrell  Coding is basic literacy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is an integral part of the digital age, which in turn has ushered in that revolution. As popularized over the past year or so by the World Economic Forum and others, this revolution is based on the arrival of […]

The Joker, Lex Luthor & the Argentine Debt Saga

The Joker, Lex Luthor & the Argentine Debt Saga

  Sometime ago the Economist described the stand-off between the then government of Argentina and some hold-out creditors as “watching a movie in which The Joker battles Lex Luthor,” the famous supervillains of comic books, concluding that “neither side arouses much sympathy.” Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (The Joker?) has paid politically, with her candidates losing […]

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