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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.

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.

Investing in Economic Strengthening: Self-Help Saving Groups for Caregivers

Wed, January 7, 2015
Samson Radeny
Chief of Party, Yekokeb Berhan Program for Highly Vulnerable Children
Pact Inc.
In this post, Dr. Samson Radeny reviews where we are today with caregiver community-based microfinance.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Economic Strengthening

Mon, December 29, 2014
Nicki Post
Senior Consultant/Project Manager, Youth Economic Opportunities Team
What evidence is there to prove that economic strengthening models work? This post explores a few areas that have seen promising practices for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

A Bridge to Adulthood: The Promise of Savings Groups for Vulnerable Children

Mon, December 15, 2014
Jessie Tientcheu
Manager, Product Development
Freedom from Hunger
Jessie presents Freedom from Hunger's AIM Youth initiative, which tested different models of integrated financial services to help young people successfully transition into financially literate adults.

How Can Children and Youth Become Financially Capable Adults?

Fri, December 5, 2014
Elana Safran, Beniamino Savonitto, and Pooja Wagh
IPA outlines several studies that test the impact of financial programs on youth.

Highlights from Webinar on Youth Savings Services: Are They Worth It?

Mon, December 1, 2014
Dana James
Project Coordinator
This post highlights the November 20 webinar, hosted by Microlinks, titled “Youth Savings Services: Are They Worth It?”