In Uruguay, the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank Group is financing a portfolio of projects that aims to bring innovation and technology to traditional sectors such as agriculture, health, education and banking.
Among MIF’s technology-related projects in Ecuador is the creation of a network of technology-based service providers that will be engaged in developing digital education content and render technical support to communities participating in a one-laptop-per-child initiative. The fund is also supporting a long-distance training project that aims to help farmers increase their use of information technology tools.
In the health care sector, MIF is funding a project that seeks to better connect small and medium-sized health care providers through an integrated system of electronic medical records.
Another key technology-related project supported by MIF is the creation of an Internet-based platform designed to improve the access of small and medium-sized enterprises to nonbank financial services. Some 900 local SMEs are expected to benefit in the pilot state of the project.