Photo Credit: Kathleen Bence via Flickr Creative Commons I’ve been looking for a good definition of social enterprise. The information overlords at Google and Wikipedia suggested this: “A social…

John Kjorstad |

The Meyer family from Anitapolis, Santa Catarina, southern Brazil A rude awakening by geese screaming at my door was not the way I envisioned starting my day. With temperatures near freezing, the…

Diego Arias |

Financial technology — or FinTech — is changing the financial sector on a global scale. It is also enabling the expansion of financial services to low-income families who have been unable to…

Joaquim Levy |

Translations available in Chinese and Spanish. Many of you are already familiar with the PPP (Public-Private Partnerships) Group’s Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Database. As a…

Clive Harris, Jenny Chao |

 In the Amazon region of Brazil, near Manaus. Brazil. Photo: © Julio Pantoja / World Bank When the word “Amazonas” is mentioned, what do you think of? Mythical rainforests and winding rivers?  The…

Laura De Castro Zoratto, Alexandre Borges de Oliveira, Courtney Price Ivins |

Photo: Pierre-Yves Babelon/Shutterstock In an effort to harness the benefits of urbanization and improve the living conditions of the urban poor, Latin American countries have experimented with…

Luis Triveno |

This blog was previously published in The World Post.
Talk about ‘growth’ in Latin America has become less upbeat today than a few years ago. That’s no surprise. For over a decade, average…

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Understanding macroeconomic volatility part 3Read parts 1 & 2
There’s good evidence that a country’s level of financial development affects the impact of volatility on economic growth,…

Francisco G. Carneiro, Ha Minh Nguyen, Rei Odawara |

Understanding Macroeconomic Volatility: Part 2 The fact is that a government can soften a recession by increasing spending (the counter-cyclical approach) to raise demand and output. If government…

Francisco G. Carneiro, Ha Minh Nguyen, Rei Odawara |