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Financing Growth Blog

In this blog series, USAID explores the ways to catalyze private capital for dev

In this series, we explore how private capital can be mobilized for development objectives while also renewing our focus on both emerging and established approaches to financial inclusion.

Pursuing an Evidence-Based Approach to Ending Extreme Poverty

Wed, May 10, 2017
Dianne Calvi
Jacqueline Bass
Learn how Graduation programs are emerging as a high-impact and sustainable approach to alleviating extreme poverty.

A Complementary Online Resource to the Guide to the Use of Digital Financial Services in Agriculture

Tue, March 21, 2017
mSTAR
mSTAR
Explore USAID's recently released interactive online resource to complement The Guide to the Use of Digital Financial Services in Agriculture!

Mobile Money Solves Risky Cash and Lack of Loans for Farmer in Ghana: New Video

Tue, March 7, 2017
mSTAR
mSTAR
Learn how mobile money has impacted the agricultural sector in northern Ghana.

New Video Shows How Mobile Money Makes Inroads in Malawi

Mon, February 27, 2017
mSTAR
mSTAR
Learn how Feed the Future Malawi Mobile Money Project takes a strategic approach to building mobile money networks through building capacity for service providers, banks, and regulators.

Mobile Money Helps Farmers Grow Their Businesses in Bangladesh

Wed, February 22, 2017
mSTAR
mSTAR
By offering a secure way to store money and access financial services, mobile money has the potential to increase the efficiency of programs and significantly improve the resilience of smallholder farmers in Bangladesh.

Liberian Health Care Workers Transition to Mobile Money

Wed, January 18, 2017
Erica Bustinza
Project Manager
mSTAR
mSTAR is working with Liberia’s Ministry of Health to roll out mobile money salary payments for health workers.

Access to Finance for Youth: An Opportunity in Afghanistan

Mon, October 31, 2016
Elise Sidamon-Eristoff
Chemonics
If more youth are able to access savings, loans, and other financial products, it will help them to invest in their own futures while also growing the Afghan economy.

What If All Schools Prepared Young People to be Entrepreneurs?

Thu, October 6, 2016
Edel Tessema
Knowledge Management Project Coordinator
In the conversation around institutional support to facilitate growth of youth-led small enterprises, you'll find schools are an inevitable talking point.

WATCH: A Spotlight on Soft Skills

Tue, September 27, 2016
Microlinks Team
In this video, Gary Walker from USAID, Laura Lippman from FHI 360 and Tim Nourse, President of Making Cents, talk about employment challenges facing youth and how implementing soft skills can increase workforce success.

SEEP Conference 2016: For Youth, Access to Financial Services Doesn’t Always Amount to Continued Use

Tue, September 27, 2016
Edel Tessema
Knowledge Management Project Coordinator
KDAD
Establishing long-term behavior change and habits in youth—especially when it comes to finance—is tricky business.