Market participation requires a range of financial solutions and investments to meet the needs of individuals, households, and firms as well as to meet national and sub-national financing requirements for infrastructure, which enable market-led development. Catalyzing private financing requires an ecosystem approach that includes the financial sector infrastructure itself.
Jun 04, 2020
Join Marketlinks for a webinar discussing the challenges USAID and its partners are facing during COVID-19. The pandemic is disrupting financial systems that were expanding the variety of products offered to businesses globally. Can certain interventions help them stay afloat?
May 22, 2020
This blog was originally posted on the Washington Business Dynamics blog by Mary Jane Maxwell and highlights the U.S. Development Finance Corporation's work on women's economic empowerment. U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is America’s development bank – with enhanced financial muscle...
May 21, 2020
Private Sector Engagement (PSE) is a strategic approach to international development through which USAID consults, strategizes, aligns, and collaborates with the private sector for greater scale, sustainability, and effectiveness of development or humanitarian outcomes.
May 18, 2020
While women are making progress in attracting venture capital and angel funding, they still are vastly underrepresented in the funding league tables.
Jun 02, 2020
This virtual roundtable will explore the impact of COVID-19 in these areas of women’s economic empowerment and will serve as an opportunity for members to share actionable insights from their own work.
USAID's Somalia Growth, Enterprise, Employment and Livelihoods project is responding to COVID-19 by employing a strategy across its value chains to mitigate the impact of distruped supply chains and damage to the private sector.
May 07, 2020
How do agricultural households make decisions about the uptake of new practices or inputs alongside savings, credit, and insurance products? MEDA INNOVATE shares learnings on the potential of non-traditional finance to enable agricultural innovation adoption among smallholder farmers.
Apr 29, 2020
As donors seek to respond to the increasing development needs while addressing the current private sector context, here are five key areas for consideration in light of COVID-19.
Apr 27, 2020
This blog post highlights a resource from the SEEP Network that presents lessons learned on how to design & implement interventions that can pave the way for women’s digital financial empowerment across the MENA region and more widely.
Apr 30, 2020
This webinar, the second in a series of four, features a private sector expert sharing insights for young entrepreneurs on assessing financial health and using effective risk analysis.
Apr 21, 2020
CGAP CEO Greta Bull and Timothy Ogden highlight how the millions who rely on inclusive finance to borrow, save and spend money are counting on the microfinance sector.
Apr 28, 2020
USAID's Private Sector Engagement Team and Deloitte hosted an interactive session on April 28, 2020, exploring the new Finance Wiki on Marketlinks.
Apr 13, 2020
This post introduces a resource that provides guidance on how to use the Microfin financial projection software.
Apr 13, 2020
This blog post explores how one USAID initiative got banks on board to provide $1 billion in services in rural Colombia and how this approach can be applied in different contexts.
Apr 10, 2020
The new "NTF4Ag: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers" report brings together key results, insights, and lessons from the case studies, pilots, and cross-cutting research conducted by MEDA and its partners from 2017-2020.
Apr 09, 2020
Since the market for “bottom of the pyramid” consumers was identified nearly 20 years ago, product marketing, sales, and distribution have evolved with the help of technology. Here's how two businesses use mobile and cloud-based tools to reach emerging market customers.
Apr 06, 2020
COVID-19 is a crisis that will have a global economic impact for months to come. This April, we wanted to highlight a few blog posts that show how practitioners around the world are stepping up to support market systems.
Apr 01, 2020
This post shares recommendation from The SEEP Network to help organizations consider how best to support Savings Groups and their members during the COVID-19 crisis. This guidance draws on experiences working with Savings Groups during times of crises including conflict, natural disasters and epidemics, such as Ebola.
Mar 24, 2020
USAID provides a series of knowledge products to help global mission staff better integrate agricultural finance into mission activity within the context of the U.S. Government's Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS).
Mar 23, 2020
Cambodia has experienced high rates of economic growth and poverty reduction but has struggled to translate the benefits of growth and poverty reduction into equitable access to water and electricity throughout the country.
This blog post summarizes the Cracking the Nut conference held in October 2019 and presents the downloadable conference report.
Mar 17, 2020
OECD Development Matters explains how the Blended Finance Principles provide best practices to push private capital into SDG-aligned projects, programs, and markets.
Mar 26, 2020
Marketlinks and USAID INVEST hosted a webinar on March 26, 2020, sharing more about blended finance and how USAID is pioneering its use to meet development goals and support private sector investment.
Mar 11, 2020
Blended finance has demonstrated the ability to mobilize additional financing for gender-focused projects and companies that advantage women and narrow the gender gap, with a quarter of all blended transactions demonstrating alignment with SDG 5 (Gender Equality) to date.