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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.

USAID 2020 Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy

January 15, 2021
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) vision is of a prosperous and peaceful world in which women, girls, men, and boys enjoy equal economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights and are equally empowered to secure better lives for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries. USAID achieves greater and more sustainable development outcomes by integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout their work.

Reflections on Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Relationship Qualities by the USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity

January 15, 2021
The Private Sector Engagement Relationship Qualities in a Market Systems Development Activity learning brief provides evidence and learning from the team of the USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity on how to most effectively engage the private sector and the relationship qualities that influence the achievement of partnership results.

The Role of Small-Group and Large-Group Dynamics in Market Systems

January 13, 2021
Market systems are inherently social networks, and thus there is an understandable tendency for market actors to do business with those that they know and trust. But neither businesses, nor broader market systems, can perform to their potential by relying only on personal exchange.

Pandemic Challenges Reveal Cambodian Adaptability: A Case Study in the Vegetable Sector

January 13, 2021
As COVID-19 circumvented the globe impacting every nation, sector, business, and family, it brought numerous challenges in its wake.  In developing countries – where market systems are often fragmented, connections between market actors weak, and businesses’ reserves limited – perishable products like vegetables were particularly hard hit. Both the supply and demand were affected by the shock. As the crisis deepened, some market actors lost considerable revenue and some went out of business.

Movable Property Lending: Lessons Learned from Promoting Innovative Finance in Colombia, Kenya, Indonesia, and Vietnam

January 8, 2021
On December 10, USAID’s Sashi Jayatileke and Wade Channell hosted Joe Heim of Dopkins & Company and Bar Pereg of Deloitte for a discussion on Movable Property Lending, an inclusive finance tool that has recently been introduced to many USAID presence countries. The panel discussed the specific barriers to uptake for movable property lending, approaches that enable financial institutions to overcome these barriers, and broader lessons learned for the development community. 

This January, We're Exploring Marketlinks in 2021

January 5, 2021
This month, our theme is Marketlinks 2021! Throughout January, we will be highlighting relevant policies, projects, initiatives, tools, and other innovations in the sector that have either recently launched or will be launching in 2021. 

Making Forest Conservation Benefit People, Climate and Industry

December 9, 2020
Thanks to a program made possible by the USAID Forests and Deltas Program (VFD), implemented by Winrock International, every six months Koren Gren receives five million Vietnamese dong [USD $213] for his forest protection work — an arrangement that promotes forest conservation and reduces poverty, especially among Vietnam’s poorest ethnic communities.

Mobilizing Agriculture Finance Solutions at Scale

December 1, 2020
On November 12, Marketlinks hosted a webinar discussing two innovative finance interventions that are mobilizing private capital in agricultural finance through an approach that combines market incentives and technical assistance.