“All cassava have the same skin, but all don’t taste the same way,” is a Caribbean proverb which serves as a reminder that while people may appear alike on the outside, each is quite unique on the inside. The saying, which first originated in Guyana, speaks about the individuality of people, yet it also resonates with me as a development professional when thinking about the … [Read more...] about The Caribbean Private Sector: How to expand lending
On September 18, 2013, I co-led along with Geetha Tharmaratnam (The Abraaj Group) a webinar for the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Investors’ Council on opportunities in the health sector to address critical needs in emerging markets. Most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have universal public healthcare systems, however, the infrastructure, especially … [Read more...] about Why invest in health?
Recently several colleagues and I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) Annual Summit along with 450 other leaders from government, private sector and civil society. I had the opportunity to address three panels and used the forums to discuss ways the IDB’s private sector is tackling the climate crisis. … [Read more...] about Five ways the IDB is scaling up green private sector investment
Westpac's Larke Riemer is director of women's markets and not shy about her business, offering straightforward advice for women clients. Five top leaders in women's banking, including Riemer, spoke today on an eye-opening panel at the 47th annual FELABAN (Latin American Federation of Banks) conference in Miami, FL. The session highlighted how to strengthen female financial … [Read more...] about “A man is not a financial plan:” Banks globally target women clients
“Please see if it is feasible to create these roads so that they will pay for themselves,” famously declared Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the United States’ 32nd president. In Latin America and the Caribbean, such a boundless, timeless statement holds true for the majority of today’s infrastructure projects. An IDB study recently affirmed that investments in infrastructure … [Read more...] about Approaching infrastructure from all angles: sustainable opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean