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.
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 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.
Feb 19, 2019
These infographics describe the key findings on the rise of African digital platforms and platform workers in 8 African countries.
Feb 07, 2019
This post introduces a January 2019 brief from Innovations for Poverty Action and explores open questions to better guide research and program toolkits for economic recovery and finaicial inclusion to build resilence.
Feb 05, 2019
This report from the Feed the Future AMA Innovation Lab explores programming research in the areas of Inclusive Market Access, Risk Management and Resilience, and Rural and Agricultural Finance.
Jan 30, 2019
This post introduces a report that synthesizes findings on livelihoods from research projects that took place over five years in eight countries affected by fragility and conflict as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium.
This post introduces the November 2018 GeoPoll Report: A Guide To Conducting Research In Emerging Markets.
Dec 18, 2018
This week, Chief Economist Dr. Louise Fox, and Susan Wilder, Policy Advisor on finance and private sector development, celebrate the launch of the Agency’s new Private Sector Engagement Policy with a blog on why economic analysis is critical for effective implementation.
Dec 17, 2018
How can implementers use blended finance to mobilize capital? Chemonics and LixCap share their experiences with sequencing and explore its potential.
Dec 04, 2018
This report, published by The SEEP Network , provides lessons learned from The International Conference on Responsible and Inclusive Finance (ICRIF). The conference was hosted by the Association of Microfinance Institutions in Rwanda (AMIR) and aimed to give conference participants an opportunity...
This post introduces a document published by The Seep Network and highlights lessons shared by participants during the Regional Network Summit about promoting responsible financial inclusion in Rwanda.
The SEEP Network published a new state of practice report that provides a comprehensive overview of the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Savings Groups.
This study examines several observed risks that merit attention from stakeholders who are creating and supporting Savings Groups. The findings serve as an initial evidence base on which to monitor, investigate, and address the risks faced by these groups.
Nov 20, 2018
USAID issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to seek participants to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate to identify new and innovative solutions to address the challenge of how to most effectively expand access to financing on terms and conditions (lower interest rates
Nov 09, 2018
A new report from the ISF Advisors, with support from the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, highlights the current status and future development of agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers.
Nov 04, 2018
This post looks at how blockchain in agribusiness is making a positive impact already with real, live use cases and companies making cost-savings and improving efficiencies.
This new resource from the ISF aims to give funders and financial service providers access to data and example deals to fuel more and smarter investments in smallholder finance.
Oct 02, 2018
Sat4Farming uses a digital farm development plan to provide cocoa farmers with detailed information on their farms, such as a profit and loss statement, and helps guide their investment decisions.
Sep 27, 2018
Women co-run businesses are outperforming their male-only counterparts, but not enough investors are betting on them. Here’s what we can do to support representative entrepreneurial ecosystems and how an India-based investor is pointing the way.
Sep 19, 2018
HealthPartners has been helping Ugandans start sustainable health cooperatives since 1997. Three years ago, we shifted from input funding to results-based funding. That shift was a game changer in terms of project cost-effectiveness and cooperative autonomy.
The State of the Zambian Digital Financial Services Market report was recently published by the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s MM4P programme and gives up to date information on the state of digital finance in Zambia.
Sep 07, 2018
How can donors play a role in helping companies adapt to these unpredictable environments? Partnering for Innovation’s pay for performance approach integrates adaptive management into the design of its partnerships agreements.