USAID's Use of Blended Finance to Grow Investment in Developing and Frontier Markets
USAID uses blended finance to mobilize private capital and spur investment in developing and frontier markets. USAID INVEST hosted a webinar for participants to learn about what blended finance is and how USAID is pioneering its use to meet development goals and support private sector investment.
This webinar shared how USAID Power Africa is catalyzing market acceleration and investment facilitation in the off-grid energy sector in East Africa. USAID INVEST presented a deep dive on pipeline development and transaction facilitation that looks at tools like pay-for-results contracting and investment assessment scorecards as well as links between investment facilitation, outcomes, and impacts. Transaction advisors highlighted more about their roles on private sector engagement projects focused on raising capital to grow inclusive markets.
This webinar addressed the following topics and questions:
- What is blended finance and why are development agencies using it?
- What is the importance of and approach to market development in the off-grid energy sector?
- How can development agencies utilize pay-for-results contracts for investment facilitation activities?
- What is the role of transaction advisors in raising capital in developing markets?
Sashi Jayatileke is the Team Lead of the Development Finance, Impact Investing, and Entrepreneurship team in USAID’S Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Hub.
María Hilda Rivera is an Energy Advisor for Power Africa. She joined Power Africa in 2014 to launch its distributed energy initiative.
Paul Ouma leads CrossBoundary’s East Africa investment advisory team and is based out of the Nairobi office.
Reza Fazel joined Open Capital in 2015, and has developed core expertise in the off-grid energy sector.
is a Strategic Investment Advisor with INVEST.