Laura Porras is an associate in the Remittances and Development Program at the Inter-American Dialogue.
Prior to joining the Dialogue in 2014, Porras worked on economic development for ten years with private and nonprofit organizations. She was previously head of Corporate Social Responsibility at BAC Bank in Costa Rica, focusing on financial education and environmental projects. Since 2011, she has been a consultant on migration, remittances, and development for international organizations.
Porras holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Costa Rica and a master’s in project management from the Central American Institute on Public Administration.
Este jueves concluyó el plazo dado por el juez federal Dana Sabraw para reunir a las familias separadas entre el 5 de mayo y el 9 de junio de 2018, tras cruzar la frontera sur de Estados Unidos. La política de “cero tolerancia” de Trump llevó a la separación de 2.342 pequeños de sus padres. Laura Porras comenta sobre los resultados de esta política y la situación actual.
Internet-based products have grown substantially in recent years, and constitute an important source of innovation for the remittance industry. Although these products present important opportunities for businesses and consumers, the low rate of penetration merits further discussion and analysis. The article concludes that perhaps the issue is still more structural, that the ecosystem of payment services is performing unevenly, partly due to poor financial access among clients and merchants.
In its fourth edition, the Remittances Scorecard ranks 30 companies working in 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries. It evaluates them across 12 indicators to assess their performance and competition in the money transfer industry.