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María Alejandra Blanco-Iturbe

Maria Alejandra is a Sustainable Business and MSME Specialist in the Advisory Division at IDB Invest. She is responsible for supporting corporates and financial institutions to adopt sustainable models across their operations while helping drive and scale impact and meaningful contributions towards development. Prior joining the IDB Invest, she worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as focal point for LAC at the the Business Call to Action (BCtA) global inclusive platform, as well national advisor for the private sector and SDGs. She previously worked for Plan International developing and overseeing Human Rights projects in LAC and worked at the Ministry of Planning and Development in Venezuela advising bilateral and multilateral development programs. She earned a Master's Degree in Applied Political Studies from Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP), and a Bachelors' in Government and Politics from University of Maryland, College Park.

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Five Things to Know about Blue Bonds

Blue bonds are emerging as a new asset class that helps to solve water-related challenges, create sustainable ocean business opportunities, and signal responsible ocean stewardship. An IDB Invest and UN Global Compact report looks into this unique way to mobilize capital.