Market participation requires a range of financial solutions and investments to meet the needs of individuals, households, and firms as well as to meet national and sub-national financing requirements for infrastructure, which enable market-led development. Catalyzing private financing requires an ecosystem approach that includes the financial sector infrastructure itself.
Dec 18, 2018
This week, Chief Economist Dr. Louise Fox, and Susan Wilder, Policy Advisor on finance and private sector development, celebrate the launch of the Agency’s new Private Sector Engagement Policy with a blog on why economic analysis is critical for effective implementation.
Dec 17, 2018
How can implementers use blended finance to mobilize capital? Chemonics and LixCap share their experiences with sequencing and explore its potential.
Dec 04, 2018
This report, published by The SEEP Network , provides lessons learned from The International Conference on Responsible and Inclusive Finance (ICRIF). The conference was hosted by the Association of Microfinance Institutions in Rwanda (AMIR) and aimed to give conference participants an opportunity...
This post introduces a document published by The Seep Network and highlights lessons shared by participants during the Regional Network Summit about promoting responsible financial inclusion in Rwanda.
The SEEP Network published a new state of practice report that provides a comprehensive overview of the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Savings Groups.
This study examines several observed risks that merit attention from stakeholders who are creating and supporting Savings Groups. The findings serve as an initial evidence base on which to monitor, investigate, and address the risks faced by these groups.
Nov 20, 2018
USAID issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to seek participants to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate to identify new and innovative solutions to address the challenge of how to most effectively expand access to financing on terms and conditions (lower interest rates
Nov 09, 2018
A new report from the ISF Advisors, with support from the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, highlights the current status and future development of agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers.
Nov 04, 2018
This post looks at how blockchain in agribusiness is making a positive impact already with real, live use cases and companies making cost-savings and improving efficiencies.
This new resource from the ISF aims to give funders and financial service providers access to data and example deals to fuel more and smarter investments in smallholder finance.
Oct 02, 2018
Sat4Farming uses a digital farm development plan to provide cocoa farmers with detailed information on their farms, such as a profit and loss statement, and helps guide their investment decisions.
Sep 27, 2018
Women co-run businesses are outperforming their male-only counterparts, but not enough investors are betting on them. Here’s what we can do to support representative entrepreneurial ecosystems and how an India-based investor is pointing the way.
Sep 19, 2018
HealthPartners has been helping Ugandans start sustainable health cooperatives since 1997. Three years ago, we shifted from input funding to results-based funding. That shift was a game changer in terms of project cost-effectiveness and cooperative autonomy.
The State of the Zambian Digital Financial Services Market report was recently published by the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s MM4P programme and gives up to date information on the state of digital finance in Zambia.
Sep 07, 2018
How can donors play a role in helping companies adapt to these unpredictable environments? Partnering for Innovation’s pay for performance approach integrates adaptive management into the design of its partnerships agreements.
USAID awarded a grant to CrossBoundary, LLC, based in Washington, D.C., to form a public-private partnership that provides catalytic financing for businesses in Sierra Leone. This financing will support adoption of solar energy practices and reduce demand on the country’s power grid.
USAID hosted the Indian and Afghan Embassies for the Passage to Prosperity 2: India - Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show in Washington, DC.