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.
Sep 09, 2019
Najib Seguya of the Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership in Agriculture (YLA) activity’s Strategic Activities Fund team discusses key considerations to keep in mind when designing a pay-for-results (PfR) program, also known as performance-based financing.
Aug 29, 2019
Village Enterprise works to end extreme poverty in rural Africa by providing groups of three entrepreneurs with seed capital, training, ongoing mentoring, and support for the formation of Business Savings Groups. This post highlights a $5.32m payment-for-results project in the form of a Development Impact Bond.
Aug 27, 2019
USAID’s Value Chains for Rural Development project uses an inclusive, market systems approach to support smallholder producers, farmer groups, agribusinesses, and community organizations.
Aug 19, 2019
In August, Marketlinks is focusing on the Pay-for-Results model in global development. This post from NextBillion offers insights on how and when to use a results-based finance model.
Aug 15, 2019
As Marketlinks examines Pay-for-Results this August, check out this blog from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) highlighting compact designed to reduce poverty through economic growth in Cabo-Verde.
Aug 14, 2019
This post shares an overview of the Digital Credit and Women's Economic Empowerment Convening 2019 and introduces a resource by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) that explores four steps in conducting impact evaluations for measuring women's empowerment.
Aug 14, 2019
This post presents three tools that development actors could use and build upon when implementing economic growth programs.
Aug 09, 2019
In August, Marketlinks is focusing on the Pay-for-Results model in global development. This post from the World Bank blog highlights an upcoming project to incentivize dairy suppliers in Tanzania to deliver input bundles for smallholder dairy farmers.
Aug 02, 2019
“Pay-for-results” is trending! There is a swelling chorus in the development community about the potential of pay-for-results (PforR) to increase accountability, foster innovation, and stretch scarce development dollars. With the growing need to “do more with less” and demonstrate results when...
Jul 30, 2019
Data protection is a primary focus of the humanitarian sector. In late 2016, USAID supported a digital cash transfer preparedness grant meant to help NGOs be equally well-prepared to offer (digital) cash as to offer other modalities of assistance (e.g. in-kind items).
Jul 26, 2019
This post highlights critical questions about youth entrepreneurs and how to build an inclusive system that supports them through both financial and non-financial means
Jul 17, 2019
This post spotlights an interview with Lala Faiz and Cameron Khosrowshahi from the USAID INVEST team on mobilizing private capital.
Jul 10, 2019
This piece originally appeared on Impact Alpha . It was authored by Lala Faiz, USAID INVEST, Serena Guarnaschelli, KOIS, and Vanessa Holcomb Mann, USAID INVEST. Blended finance continues to gain traction, and for good reason. For investors, it can shift the balance between risk and return in...
Jul 09, 2019
This post offers recommendations on managing the shifts in culture, management and partnering needed when a project shifts from providing direct services to a facilitative market systems approach.
Jun 14, 2019
This post highlights a May 2019 report from The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion exploring the three stages involved in digital transformation and provides examples of how innovative financial institutions are addressing its challenges with creative solutions for emerging customers.
May 31, 2019
In Nigeria, a Pay-for-Results prize competition incents use of Aflasafe to combat aflatoxin contamination and drive demand for higher-quality maize.
May 30, 2019
Growing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is an important goal of much donor assistance. However, development practitioners do not always articulate theoretical frameworks linking interventions to outcomes of sales or employment growth.
May 22, 2019
This post features a brief that provides guidance to practitioners working with orphans and vulnerable children. It illustrates the benefits of SGs for vulnerable children and youth and illuminates issues to keep in mind when piloting SGs with this target population.
May 22, 2019
This publication is a general overview about youth savings groups, with information, best practices and evidence on the use of community-based savings groups with and for orphans and vulnerable children and youth, including those affected by HIV/AIDS.
May 22, 2019
This post features a brief that discusses bundled services that can be linked to community-based or institutional microfinance to benefit orphans and vulnerable children.
This post highlights a resource from USAID/Bangladesh about the Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) project that used a market systems approach and forged partnerships with over 40 influential private sector firms.
This post introduces a paper from the Market Development Facility that explores the effect of increased household income on women's economic empowerment in the context of household dynamics, and seeks to understand how access to economic inputs, information, opportunities or services impacts agency.
May 14, 2019
Most developing countries need more 'fiscal space' to finance the investments required to develop and become self-reliant. In this blog post, USAID's Steve Rozner argues that when it comes to creating fiscal space, it's the size of the pie, not the slice that matters.
May 03, 2019
This post is part two of the Market Systems Insights for DRG - Market Segmentation blog that Marketlinks reposted by David Jacobstein. This blog was first published by the USAID Learning Lab. This is the second blog post on what Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) can learn from market...
Apr 17, 2019
Member organizations of The SEEP Network are invited to shape the learning agenda for the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference ! This year, members have two opportunities to provide thought leadership on critical issues relevant to the Conference theme and technical tracks: 1. Through member-hosted Peer...
Apr 15, 2019
On April 19th, USAID will host its first ever Digital Financial Inclusion for Development Forum (DFI4D). This Forum will explore how inclusive digital financial services and infrastructure can accelerate developing countries on their journey to self-reliance.
Apr 12, 2019
This new state of practice report – developed by the SEEP Network, in partnership with CARE International, Itad and FSD Africa – maps 74 public policies and programs related to Savings Groups in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Apr 04, 2019
Strengthening the private sector to meet smallholder farmers’ needs is a sustainable option that reduces the cost of long-term aid in at-risk regions.
Mar 26, 2019
Learning from an initiative to help private maternity homes in Ghana survive the departure of the primary midwife-owner.
Mar 21, 2019
Women lead approximately one-third of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets but remain disproportionately underserved. They often face less favorable terms for financing and limited access to essential resources needed to build, sustain, and grow their businesses.
Mar 12, 2019
Among the entrepreneurs supported by USAID's Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative, those businesses that were owned by women grew both revenues and jobs significantly faster.
Mar 05, 2019
USAID is accepting submissions to the annual Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition until Friday, April 12.
Mar 01, 2019
This post highlights a resource form the Collaborative for Frontier Finance (Omidyar Network / Dutch Good Growth Fund [DGGF]).
Feb 28, 2019
This post highlights a new resource from It is well established that women’s participation is essential for growing economies—and that inclusive growth is critical to creating sustainable peace.
Feb 22, 2019
This resource highlights research from the Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) program at the United Nations Capital Development Program exploring labour pains and the difficulties that can extend over a lifetime as women face complex financial decisions.