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.
Jan 20, 2020
Feed the Future, a USAID program that invests in private-sector partnerships to commercialize agricultural innovations in smallholder markets, conducted a study in 2016 that distilled lessons learned on commercializing seed in smallholder markets in sub-Saharan Africa
Jan 17, 2020
At the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference, five finalists delivered seven-minute pitches sharing new approaches to solve a problem and build resilience. The audience voted and selected one winner. Find out which project was selected to win a hypothetical million dollars.
Jan 17, 2020
Use of non-conventional collateral in agricultural lending, together with an effective registry system and appropriate regulatory frameworks, can contribute to improved access to and use of appropriate and affordable credit by smallholder women farmers.
Jan 13, 2020
Nearly 75% of the Guatemalan population is employed through small- and medium enterprises, yet local laws restrict credit unions' abilities to provide loans to SMEs.
Jan 03, 2020
As part of the 2019 Rural and Agricultural Finance State of the Sector series, this outcome area deep dive provides a new way of thinking about the global women’s economic empowerment challenge through a pathways lens.
Jan 16, 2020
Join The SEEP Network's Peer Learning Group on Savings Groups for refugees and representatives from the Danish Refugee Council, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, FSD Africa, Mercy Corps, Trickle Up, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and VisionFund International for a webinar on January 16.
Dec 23, 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...
Dec 23, 2019
The Feed the Future Malawi Ag Diversification Activity worked with partners to develop an input bundle and a loan package to help farmers increase their soybean and groundnut yields.
Dec 23, 2019
It is essential that markets actively engage people, regardless of gender, to increase the likelihood of generating value-added solutions for society. In this context, gender inequities are not secondary but are of primary concern.
Dec 11, 2019
Join The SEEP Network for a webinar exploring an overview of the evidence, and introduce participants to key concepts, good practices, and tools for the effective results measurement of women’s empowerment outcomes in Savings Groups.
Dec 04, 2019
Recent years have brought new opportunities in Cambodia’s horticulture sector, but those wishing to capitalize on these opportunities face many constraints. There is considerable competition from imported produce and relationships among Cambodian market actors are limited. Few support services are...
Dec 03, 2019
In this primer, CGAP applies a framework to help answer these questions and demonstrate how regulation can have a substantial impact on competitive dynamics in the DFS marketplace.
Dec 02, 2019
The AVANSE Program—the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future program in Northern Haiti (2013–2019)—shows the value of integrating political economy analysis (PEA) in agricultural programming.
This post discusses reports from two workshops on private sector clean energy investment held in Bangkok, Thailand and Manila, Philippines in 2017.
Nov 19, 2019
This post summarizes key themes and takeaways from the 2019 Cracking the Nut conference held in Dakar, Senegal from October 14-15.
This post discusses CEADIR's regional workshop activity to accelerate private sector investment aligned with national climate change commitments (i.e., NDCs) and sustainable landscape objectives for the target countries of Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Nov 18, 2019
This brief provides a framework for quantifying program costs based on the SAIL pilot model. SAIL was a youth-oriented cash transfer program working in combination with youth employment and development activities.
Nov 18, 2019
This report form ISF Advisors and the Mastercard Foundation's Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab summarizes the latest data on the size and scope of the global rural agricultural finance market, finding a significant gap between supply and demand of financial services.
Nov 16, 2019
Economic factors are linked to HIV risk behaviors, as well as outcomes, at every stage of the HIV care and treatment cascade. The ASPIRES project conducted an extensive review of the literature on these linkages to produce an evidence brief series highlighting how different household economic...
Nov 16, 2019
This brief focuses on individual savings interventions, which include formal or informal individual savings accounts in which participants save their own money, as well as individual matched savings interventions.
This report analyzes recent experiences with renewable energy reverse auctions in El Salvador, Mexico, and Peru. The analysis focuses on the regulatory environment, characteristics, and results of the auctions, and financing of winning bids.
This post introduces USAID's Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Suppliers Forum, held in 2018, which engaged US firms interested in beginning or expanding business in developing markets.
Nov 13, 2019
This brief discusses methods for reducing risk associated with abuse or misuse of savings by adults, the potential for deterioration of savings, and the particular vulnerabilities faced by female savers.
Nov 13, 2019
This brief outlines an approach for estimating the financial costs of cash transfer programs. It discusses the ways in which various targeting approaches and design parameters can affect the financial costs of a program.
Nov 28, 2019 to Nov 29, 2019
This training will provide insurance practitioners with the tools, knowledge and confidence to improve the claims management functions for their inclusive insurance programs, in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness and client value.
Nov 09, 2019
Drawing on a new ILO database, this report provides an up-to-date and realistic assessment of the global contribution of self-employment and micro- and small enterprises to employment – both in the formal and the informal economy.
Nov 20, 2019
In this session, presenters from AWEF, Opportunity International and the UN Capital Development Fund will discuss different strategies they have used to design and deliver financial services tailored to the female market segment.
Nov 08, 2019
Driving interoperable payments in Latin America through the mobile platform BICOO to address key barriers facing the unbanked.
Nov 07, 2019
Power Africa teamed up with USAID INVEST to increase access to solar home systems and mini-grids across Kenya. Through Azuri Technology's pay-as-you-go-model, they are projected to provide 390,000 new connections and 6,000 upgraded connections across the country.