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.
May 14, 2019
Join Marketlinks on Tuesday, May 14th at 9 am EDT for a webinar to hear about the latest global evidence and USAID/Vietnam's SME activity plans, and get ideas for how to design or refresh your SME theory of change .
Apr 30, 2019
Financing for capital investment is critical to accomplishing development objectives – whether in health, agriculture, WASH, etc. On April 30th Marketlinks hosted a webinar to share about the Investment Mobilization Platforms being rolled out in Kenya and Haiti.
Nov 28, 2018
Washington , District Of Columbia, United States
On November 28th, Marketlinks, Agrilinks and the USAID Center for Resilience hosted an event on Health, Resilience and Sustainable Poverty Escapes.
Mar 08, 2018
Join USAID LandLinks, Agrilinks, Marketlinks, and a panel of experts for an interactive online discussion on the Business Case for Land Rights: Private Sector Perspectives on Responsible Land-Based Investment.
Apr 25, 2017
Access to finance has been a chronic issue for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in many areas around the world, but the revenue capital approach is breaking barriers from Tunisia to South Africa and paving a pathway to progress for SMEs who don’t fit the bill for traditional banking and venture...
Feb 09, 2017
Digital payments have supported development objectives across the board, while delivering lasting benefits, such as expanding financial inclusion and contributing to the growth of economic infrastructure. But what do these benefits look like in the field? What are the challenges, and what are the...
Feb 04, 2016
We recognize that greater participation by women in national economies can drive economic growth and stability, but how do we increase this participation? Digital financial services present an innovative way to improve women's economic participation. With digital infrastructure providing increased...
Dec 17, 2015
What does a smallholder farmer looking to buy a $750 walking tractor and a multinational company looking to build a $500 million power generation plant in Africa share in common? They both need access to financing in order to make those investments. This month’s Microlinks seminar will explore new...
Oct 09, 2015
Can low-income teens build savings – and does it matter for their futures? Since 2010, YouthSave has been investigating these questions through partnerships with banks and research institutions in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal. Over the last three years, more than 130,000 young people have opened savings accounts under the project, accumulating almost $1 million.
Apr 23, 2015
This event, jointly presented by Microlinks and Agrilinks, covered the potential for agricultural insurance to promote resilience and inclusive agricultural growth as part of an integrated risk management approach. Integrated risk management can provide a pathway out of poverty by mitigating...
Nov 20, 2014
Financial inclusion is increasingly seen as a key strategy for developing countries. Given the large and growing size of the youth population, financial services for youth hold the promise of increasing financial inclusion. However, many financial service providers are hesitant to offer services to...
Oct 22, 2014
Individual smallholder farmers cultivate two hectares of land or less, but as a group, they are an economic force: An estimated 500 million smallholders feed close to 2 billion people worldwide. How can the private sector access this vast smallholder market to improve both livelihoods and global...
Aug 07, 2014
Kaushik Majumder, 2012 CGAP Photo Contest Customer-centricity is about providing solutions based on a deep understanding of customer needs, preferences, and behaviors. This approach takes the idea of financial inclusion one step further and requires more than just good intentions to be effective...
May 29, 2014
Many developing countries today are faced with a growing youth population who want to engage in markets but remain unemployed or underemployed. At the same time, efforts to develop economies through more inclusive and competitive markets are not engaging youth in this process, creating a disconnect...
May 08, 2014
Facilitation is used as a means to incentivize behavior change and foster the adoption of new ideas by private sector actors. But does this method work across a wide range of contexts? Can the preferred, “light touch” model be effective everywhere? Do we need nuanced approaches to using...
Feb 28, 2014
Please join John Magnay, head of Agricultural Finance, and Simona Haiduc, Vice President of International Business Development, for the Latest Impact Findings on Financing Africa’s Smallholder Farmers , a discussion on Opportunity International's rural finance model, impact assessment results and...
Jan 23, 2014
Buoyed by the success of Safaricom’s M-PESA mobile money service in Kenya, the sister company, Vodacom Tanzania, launched its own service in 2008. Its initial performance was disappointing: the service had only signed up 280,000 users 14 months after launch; whereas the Kenya service had 2.7...
May 21, 2013
As part of its twin goals of promoting new payment systems and supporting inclusive development for persons with disabilities (PWD), USAID is working to identify and mitigate the implicit and explicit barriers to entry to economic enterprise, including those related to PWD.
May 16, 2013
Effective value chain programming requires an understanding of how people respond to different kinds of incentives in value chains and how gender affects this response. Gendered patterns of behavior influence men and women’s knowledge of, ability, and incentives to participate in value chains and...
Apr 25, 2013
Markets are not static, but in constant flux. Changes in markets are not predictable and often surprising, even after thorough market analysis and strategic planning. Interventions turn out results that were either unforeseen or unanticipated. This type of change creates specific challenges for...