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.
Mar 24, 2020
USAID provides a series of knowledge products to help global mission staff better integrate agricultural finance into mission activity within the context of the U.S. Government's Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS).
Mar 23, 2020
Cambodia has experienced high rates of economic growth and poverty reduction but has struggled to translate the benefits of growth and poverty reduction into equitable access to water and electricity throughout the country.
This blog post summarizes the Cracking the Nut conference held in October 2019 and presents the downloadable conference report.
Mar 17, 2020
OECD Development Matters explains how the Blended Finance Principles provide best practices to push private capital into SDG-aligned projects, programs, and markets.
Mar 11, 2020
Blended finance has demonstrated the ability to mobilize additional financing for gender-focused projects and companies that advantage women and narrow the gender gap, with a quarter of all blended transactions demonstrating alignment with SDG 5 (Gender Equality) to date.
Mar 10, 2020
Access to finance is a major pain point in market systems development, but how can we go beyond traditional financing methods to better reach agricultural businesses?
Mar 05, 2020
Blended finance is the strategic use of development funds, such as those from government aid and philanthropic sources, to mobilize private capital for social and environment results, such as improving infrastructure, education, agriculture, healthcare, and more.
The case of Lebanon mirrors what in the MERS handbook is referred to as a crisis stuck in the relief phase. In crisis environments, short term goals focus on stabilizing households and providing basic needs.
This learning brief explores how improved male engagement can further strengthen Savings Groups as a platform for financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment.
Feb 11, 2020
This post is part two in a two-part series about market systems resilience (MSR) and highlights three major learnings on good practice for MSR.
Feb 11, 2020
This post shares thoughts from Dr. Michael Kremer on an experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. Dr. Kremer directs USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures program and is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Feb 10, 2020
This report provides donors and investors, as well as charitable initiatives and organizations, with answers to the two following questions: How can systems change across the world be financed more effectively? How can change be better supported for the benefit of society?
Jan 22, 2020
The aim of this project was to support firms in profitably breaking into the smallholder seeds markets in Mozambique through the development of their own CBSP sales and distribution systems, and to support them in selling seed to at least 12,000 smallholder farmers.
Jan 20, 2020
Feed the Future, a USAID program that invests in private-sector partnerships to commercialize agricultural innovations in smallholder markets, conducted a study in 2016 that distilled lessons learned on commercializing seed in smallholder markets in sub-Saharan Africa
Jan 17, 2020
At the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference, five finalists delivered seven-minute pitches sharing new approaches to solve a problem and build resilience. The audience voted and selected one winner. Find out which project was selected to win a hypothetical million dollars.
Jan 17, 2020
Use of non-conventional collateral in agricultural lending, together with an effective registry system and appropriate regulatory frameworks, can contribute to improved access to and use of appropriate and affordable credit by smallholder women farmers.
Jan 13, 2020
Nearly 75% of the Guatemalan population is employed through small- and medium enterprises, yet local laws restrict credit unions' abilities to provide loans to SMEs.