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Banking the Unbanked: Tailoring Financial Services for Bangladesh’s Livestock Sector

March 26, 2021
This post was authored by Paul Newall, Associate Director of Partnerships and Investments at ACDI/VOCA. Sajeda Begum purchased a bull for $330 after receiving a cattle loan from the Society Development Committee for the first time. After four months of rearing, she sold the bull for $1,180, earning a huge profit. She plans to reinvest the money in purchasing another bull to continue contributing to her household’s income.

Promoting Equity and Inclusion in The Unequal Marketplace

March 25, 2021
Disasters adversely affect local economies, making it hard for microenterprises to remain open and damaging critical assets and infrastructure.  USAID’s humanitarian economic recovery assistance seeks to help people recover their livelihoods and be able to provide for their own needs. The market systems these people work in, though, are often deeply inequitable.

West Africa: An Ecosystem Approach to Catalyzing Female Entrepreneurship

March 19, 2021
In the Sahel region of West Africa, small and growing businesses account for nearly 50 percent of new job creation. When these businesses are women-led, the potential to drive growth is even higher: a USAID study found that, globally, these businesses grow revenues 1.5 times faster and jobs twice as fast compared to male-owned businesses.

Digitizing the Agricultural Value Chain: Six Lessons from the Development of the Agronavti App

March 11, 2021
Over the past few decades, we’ve all heard variations of the same refrain: the future is digital. However, digital’s promise is hard to realize in many contexts given the technology infrastructure required for success. This goes beyond broadband internet availability and access to include cultural norms and other factors that affect individual access and use, particularly for vulnerable populations.

How Digital Technology Is Reshaping Rural Microfinance

February 8, 2021
When M-Pesa launched as a mobile money service in Kenya in 2007, it quickly extended banking and money transfers to remote rural areas where there were no brick-and-mortar banks. Today, M-Pesa is a well-known digital technology that transformed financial services for underserved rural families in east Africa.

Using Blended Finance to Solve Global Health Challenges

February 2, 2021
Over the last half century, USAID programming has resulted in tremendous gains in global health. Around the world, USAID’s global health activities have saved lives, protected vulnerable populations from disease, decreased infant and maternal mortality rates, and promoted stable communities.

This February, Marketlinks Takes a Look at Digital Finance

February 1, 2021
This month, Marketlinks is exploring digital finance. Throughout February, we will take a deep dive into the topic and its relation to other relevant subject areas, Do you have relevant content you'd like to share on Marketlinks? We look forward to hearing from you! Please help us highlight digital finance by sharing your blogs, events, toolkits, announcements, and resources with us. Create an account and log-in to add a post, and reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions!

Show Me the Data: Pandemic as Creative Destruction

January 27, 2021
The recent World Bank “Unmasking the Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses” paper analyzing surveys co-funded by USAID’s Center for Economics and Market Development shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt all firms in developing countries, large and small.

ILO launches the new guide on Value Chain Development for Decent Work

January 16, 2021
Find the new guide from January 20, 2021 In the midst of a global pandemic - the effects of which are likely to be felt for years to come - many millions are at risk of losing their livelihoods and unable to access opportunities to work themselves and their families out of, or away from, poverty.