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Goldberg, Michael J.

Global Practice Strategy and Operations, The World Bank
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Private sector development; microfinance; business development; small enterprise development
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Last updated: January 31, 2023
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Mike Goldberg started his career as a Peace Corps Small Business Volunteer. He also worked for CARE Guatemala, and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor. With the World Bank since 1992, he has worked in East Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as a microfinance and small business development expert.  Over the past four years, he has also served as a senior operations officer for the Latin America Region and as an operations adviser in the Development Effectiveness Unit of the Africa Vice Presidency. He was also the Regional Learning Coordinator for Africa, offering technical and operational clinics, workshops and face-to-face courses – always with emphasis on practical solutions and participation. He holds a Bachelors degree from Johns Hopkins, a Masters in economic development from The Fletcher School (Tufts) and an MBA/MSF from Drexel University.

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  • Publication
    Microfinance and Disasters : Preparing for the Worst
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-12) Goldberg, Mike
    This note discusses natural disaster preparation and how microfinance institutions (MFIs) and their staffs can respond. It is part of a series that summarizes a distance learning series with South American microfinance networks and government officials. Preparation for disaster includes understanding the risks and costs of disasters, establishing proactive approaches and concrete responses, and knowing the resources and partnerships that may prove helpful in an emergency.
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    Chile : A Strategy to Promote Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-02) Goldberg, Mike; Palladini, Eric
    With its strong export orientation and emphasis on competitiveness, the Chilean economic model has been the envy of its neighbors for more than a decade. However, there are underlying vulnerabilities. Historically, exports have been concentrated in mining and agriculture, sectors dominated by large firms that do not generate a large share of employment. Small and medium enterprises play a key role in employment generation and economic decentralization in Chile, yet their employment was stagnant between 2000 and 2004. Based on work completed in 2003, this study provides a review of the Chilean government's substantial investment in programs that support small and medium enterprises. This review of government programs confirms the importance of coordination and an overarching strategy, in the form of a National Innovation System, led by a single institution. The review also finds that demand-driven programs were more likely to be sustainable. Finally, the study demonstrates that Chile (and other countries with many support programs for small and medium enterprises in place) needs an integrated management information system to analyze, assess, coordinate, and streamline the program portfolio for small and medium enterprises in the future.