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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.

How Digital Financial Services Can Meet the Financing Demands of Smallholder Farmers

Tue, June 16, 2015
Liz Diebold
Agriculture Finance and Investment Lead
Nandini Harihareswara
Senior Digital Finance Advisor
Harsha Kodali
Agricultural Finance Specialist
While DFS are not a cure-all, they can be a strong complement to current interventions.

Reaching Universal Financial Access is Impossible Without Women

Tue, June 9, 2015
Casey Dlott
Digital Inclusion Advisor
What does "universal financial access" mean? USAID's Casey Dlott calls attention to the digital gender divide.

Enabling Digital Financial Inclusion: USAID's Critical Role

Tue, April 28, 2015
Fernando Maldonado
Technical Advisor, Digital Finance
"Financial exclusion is the common denominator of development challenges," explains USAID's Fernando Maldonado.

Digital Finance: The View from USAID

Tue, April 14, 2015
Kay McGowan
Digital Finance Team Lead
Increasingly, USAID is focusing on digital finance as the critical pathway toward scaling meaningful financial inclusion. But what does that mean?

Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out! Rounding Up Private Capital in Financial Inclusion Territory

Mon, April 13, 2015
Lawrence Camp
Senior Advisor
USAID's Lawrence Camp recaps the wagon journey thus far and calls for vignettes that feature different ways of mobilizing private capital.

Wagons Ho! Let's Journey Toward Understanding Mobilizing Private Capital

Tue, March 10, 2015
Lawrence Camp
Senior Advisor
Everyone is talking about a new buzzword: “mobilizing private capital.” “What the heck does that term mean?” you ask. “How do you do it?”—“And why is it even on the Microlinks site?” All fair questions.

Towards a Learning Agenda for USAID’s Role in Inclusive Financial Growth

Tue, March 3, 2015
How should private capital be mobilized for development outcomes? How can we ensure gains are equally distributed? Welcome to our latest series in Financing Growth!

All SMEs Are Not the Same: Agribusinesses Require Targeted Strategies for Service Delivery

Wed, February 11, 2015
Chris Chibwana
Private Sector Specialist
Have the financial and business service sectors gone far enough to “read” the unique needs of agricultural small and medium enterprises? Find out what Chris Chibwana thinks.

Conclusion of the Blog Mini-Series for Financial Inclusion: A Case for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Wed, January 21, 2015
Barri Shorey
Technical Advisor for the ASPIRES project
International Rescue Committee
In this wrap-up post, the IRC concludes with key points from their mini-series on orphans and vulnerable children.

Savings Groups and Skills Development: A Pathway for Youth Economic Strengthening

Tue, January 20, 2015
Plan Canada
Plan Canada assesses the benefits of the Youth Microfinance Project as well as its effect on youth economic empowerment.