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 21, 2019
Women lead approximately one-third of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets but remain disproportionately underserved. They often face less favorable terms for financing and limited access to essential resources needed to build, sustain, and grow their businesses.
Mar 12, 2019
Among the entrepreneurs supported by USAID's Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative, those businesses that were owned by women grew both revenues and jobs significantly faster.
Mar 05, 2019
USAID is accepting submissions to the annual Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition until Friday, April 12.
Mar 01, 2019
This post highlights a resource form the Collaborative for Frontier Finance (Omidyar Network / Dutch Good Growth Fund [DGGF]).
Feb 28, 2019
This post highlights a new resource from It is well established that women’s participation is essential for growing economies—and that inclusive growth is critical to creating sustainable peace.
Feb 22, 2019
This resource highlights research from the Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) program at the United Nations Capital Development Program exploring labour pains and the difficulties that can extend over a lifetime as women face complex financial decisions.
Feb 19, 2019
These infographics describe the key findings on the rise of African digital platforms and platform workers in 8 African countries.
Feb 07, 2019
This post introduces a January 2019 brief from Innovations for Poverty Action and explores open questions to better guide research and program toolkits for economic recovery and finaicial inclusion to build resilence.
Feb 05, 2019
This report from the Feed the Future AMA Innovation Lab explores programming research in the areas of Inclusive Market Access, Risk Management and Resilience, and Rural and Agricultural Finance.
Jan 30, 2019
This post introduces a report that synthesizes findings on livelihoods from research projects that took place over five years in eight countries affected by fragility and conflict as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium.
This post introduces the November 2018 GeoPoll Report: A Guide To Conducting Research In Emerging Markets.
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