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Mobilizing Private Capital to Close the Financing Gap in Education

December 1, 2020
The global call for access to quality education for all by 2030 comes with a hefty price tag. To meet this target, we need $40 billion in additional funding every year for primary and secondary education alone. To begin closing this gap, new approaches to mobilizing more resources will be imperative, since development agencies and philanthropic organizations do not have the funds to fill the gap on their own.

Meet the Entrepreneur Who’s Making Clean Water Accessible Across Haiti

December 24, 2019
Using a decentralized water treatment and distribution system, Jim Chu, the founder and CEO of dloHaiti, is bringing safe, affordable water to thousands on the island. Chu recently participated in diaspora engagement roadshows hosted by USAID INVEST, which encouraged members of the Haitian diaspora to invest in the country’s private sector. Jim Chu loves flying. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor began paragliding in 1993. Over the last two decades, he’s participated in the sport all around the world.

Expanding Commercial Lending for Clean Energy in Central America

October 17, 2019
The USAID-funded Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment, and Resilience Activity promotes clean energy lending by commercial banks in Central America. Seven banks in the region now have energy efficiency and green credit lines for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Bolstering Private Enterprise in El Salvador

April 25, 2019
USAID's Economic Competitiveness Project is helping to provide technical assistance to micro and small companies in innovation, technology adoption, manufacturing practices, marketing, and more.

Telling Coffee’s Bean-to-Cup Story Through Cooperatives

June 14, 2018
The specialty coffee trend highlights not only the U.S. consumers’ increased preference for higher quality coffee but also an interest in coffee farmers, as achieving higher quality starts with the producer. More than ever, consumers want to know their coffee’s bean-to-cup story.

Land, Front and Center in Colombia

May 18, 2018
Under the landmark peace agreement, the Government of Colombia has committed to addressing land issues by formalizing property rights across the country, organizing the national registry, and recovering lands that belong to the state.

Not Too Poor to Invest

March 21, 2018
With support from the Cooperative Development Program (CDP), Equal Exchange set out to answer if small farmers are really too poor to invest. In 2010, the CDP and Equal Exchange began working together with six farmer organizations in Latin America building member investment and savings programs.

An Introduction to Pay-for-Results in Development

March 8, 2018
With the growing need to “do more with less” and demonstrate results when using development dollars, pay-for-results is a compelling solution — one which USAID and other donors will inevitably want to see more of.