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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.

Access to Finance for Youth: An Opportunity in Afghanistan

Mon, October 31, 2016
Elise Sidamon-Eristoff
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
Establishing long-term behavior change and habits in youth—especially when it comes to finance—is tricky business.

SEEP Conference 2016: Bridging the Income Inequality Gap

Mon, September 26, 2016
Carla Fernandez de Castro
Knowledge Management Specialist
Does growing inequality threaten our ability to obtain sustainable poverty reduction?

WATCH: A Spotlight on Financial Inclusion

Thu, September 22, 2016
Microlinks Team
Financial inclusion and youth development practitioners are constantly challenged to scale the lessons from their work through policy change. But this often involves multiple levels of government and is not necessarily straightforward.

USAID’s Development Credit Authority: On a Mission to Increase Access to Finance Around the World

Mon, May 9, 2016
Navgeet King Zed
Recent Graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Find out what the case of the feed milling industry in the Philippines reveals about the importance of access to credit.

Empowering Women Through Digital Financial Solutions

Mon, March 7, 2016
Sajda Ouachtouki
Digital Inclusion Advisor
Did you know that in addition to offering many economic benefits, bank account ownership can make you happier? Read about this and other benefits of digitizing financial solutions to advance women's economic participation.

Vulnerable Households Need Resilient Institutions in Disasters

Tue, February 2, 2016
Thea Anderson
Director for Financial Inclusion
Mercy Corps
Muhammad Syahrin
ILFAD Program Manager
In Indonesia, MercyCorps is pioneering a program to help MFIs prepare for natural disasters, respond quickly when clients are in need, and stabilize the financial sector serving low-income people post-disaster.

Mobilizing Private Capital: Pay-for-Performance Approaches

Mon, December 21, 2015
Kristin Kelly Jangraw
Communications Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
We can’t end extreme poverty without help from the private sector. Here’s how pay-for-performance approaches could help.