Blog

Browse recent blogs of interest to the Marketlinks community. Use the search box or the filters on the left-hand side to refine the listing of blogs by keyword, topic, and/or region/country.

Latest blog posts

Showing 29 results

Introducing: PSE Opportunities Tool

May 13, 2022
Private Sector Engagement (PSE) is about pursuing market-based approaches and investment as a means to address development or humanitarian challenges. PSE represents an opportunity for USAID to expand its impact and achieve development objectives in a scalable, sustainable way.

Blended Finance: Making Funding Work for Financing

May 10, 2022
In this second installment of a five-part series on impact investing and finance for development, Autumn Gorman from USAID's Private Sector Engagement Hub discusses blended finance. Read the series' first installment on impact investing here.

What is (and isn’t yet) Impact Investing?

May 3, 2022
To continue developing a deeper understanding of impact investing and finance for development, Autumn Gorman from USAID's Private Sector Engagement Hub discusses what is and what is not yet impact investing.

Enhancing Government Effectiveness - DIBs, a Valuable Tool for a Much Broader Agenda

April 21, 2022
By Avnish Gungadurdoss and Ben Stephens Development Impact Bonds have an emerging record of improving impact by enabling results-oriented delivery, even in the most difficult circumstances. However, to drive sustained impact at transformative scale, we must migrate the results-oriented practices of DIBs to the heart of development spending by aid-agencies and governments alike.

Women to Lean On: Financing For Women, By Women

February 10, 2022
Biljana Stanisavljva started her small business in Serbia in 2011, growing wheat and corn as a smallholder farmer. She wants to grow her business, but like many agricultural entrepreneurs, she finds it very challenging to obtain funds for her expansion plans. And as a woman, she faces additional challenges. Even after a decade as a registered business owner, she still has to rely on her husband for most business decisions. 

Private Sector Engagement (PSE) and Market Systems Development (MSD): Improving Each Other

December 21, 2021
Reflections from Katie Garcia, Deputy Director of USAID’s Private Sector Engagement Hub, and Kristin O’Planick, Market Systems Team Lead in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. There is a growing amount of convergence between PSE and MSD. For practitioners of either approach, there is value in learning more about the tools and techniques of the other to see how they can be useful in advancing the shared goal of transformational change.