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IDB World: Government Responses to the Pandemic, Elders and Female Security

We present three selected IDB Group blog entries on the responses of Latin American and Caribbean governments to the pandemic, lessons to be learned from plans for the elderly in France, and women's safety in the region

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New Data Shows the Impacts of the Pandemic on Caribbean Businesses

The Caribbean region has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, with a deeper economic contraction than Latin America as a whole. The impact has been worse for women-owned/led firms and smaller firms, and supply chain disruptions have significantly affected firm performance.

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Open Banking in Latin America & the Caribbean: Here & Now

Open banking, allowing third-party service providers to access financial data from financial institutions through APIs, is growing rapidly thanks to secular global trends and the region’s thirst for innovation.

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Can Digital Credit Boost E-commerce among MSMEs?

Reaping the rewards of e-commerce is a challenge for many MSMEs. The solution may lie in the so-called “digital credit” offered by fintech companies within commercial platforms that bypass traditional banks.

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Six Reasons Why Your Company Should Consider Mezzanine Debt

Mezzanine instruments fit right between traditional senior secured debt and old-fashioned equity, both in terms of risk and returns. If structured properly, they may do wonders for companies, especially those struggling to secure financing in the current economic context.

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With E-Groceries, Software is Indeed Eating the World

Driven by social distancing imposed by COVID-19, the online grocery ecosystem is becoming more diverse, and increasingly innovative. Colombia’s Merqueo is a good example of a solid business model in a rapidly transforming market.