Many patients in Tanzania rely on faith-based hospitals, but those hospitals are facing a funding crunch. USAID is working to help these hospitals diversify their revenue streams and make they changes they need to make to be able to access commercial financing. This blended finance approach is creating the right conditions for these hospitals to deliver on their mission to provide patient services to Tanzanians, especially the poor.

Waiting outside Tosamaganga Hospital in the Iringa district of Tanzania. Credit: Medici con l’Africa Cuamm

By Desmond Dodd, INVEST Communications

When Tanzania’s government recently began reducing funding, medical supplies, and staff available to faith-based hospitals, Peter Maduki quickly understood the stakes involved for his members.

“Some of…

Many USAID Missions grapple with the question of how to engage the private sector in its work with public service sectors. Working with USAID INVEST, USAID India has been assessing the private-sector landscape to determine which types of engagement can lead to sustainable improvements in the delivery of WASH and education services.

To learn more about USAID India’s work with private sector engagement and public-sector services, please join the INVEST webinar, Putting the Private Sector to Work for Public Services, on May 19, 2021 at 9:30 EST. Register here.

Bangalore, India. (Photo: Nikhita S, Unsplash)

By Emily Langhorne, INVEST Communications Specialist

When it comes to achieving…

By using a lean, hybrid co-creation to solicit proposals and identify activities that increase women’s economic empowerment, INVEST enabled USAID to deploy funding at a speed that matches the urgent needs of women globally.

Mapping the ecosystem of challenges and opportunities for women’s economic empowerment during a co-creation workshop hosted by USAID’s Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment Hub and INVEST

By Emily Langhorne, INVEST Communications Specialist

When women have access to employment opportunities, economies grow. In the past 50 years, increased educational attainment for women accounts for nearly 50 percent of the economic growth in OECD countries, and achieving parity in labor force participation rates between men and women in these countries could boost global GDP by more than 12 percent over the next 20 years.

Venture capital is a powerful engine for economic growth, but too often women and Black entrepreneurs cannot access the capital they need to grow their businesses and create jobs. USAID’s Southern Africa Regional Mission, through USAID INVEST, is working with the SA SME Fund to change that. With a mandate to invest more than half of its capital into Black-owned businesses, SA SME Fund aims to create jobs in a more equitable way.

Attendees of the SA SME Fund 2019 CEO Circle Entrepreneurs event. (Photo: SA SME Fund)

By Yasmine Williams, INVEST Senior Communications Advisor

South Africa is home to millions of small and medium-sized enterprises. …

Unitus Capital is a boutique investment and advisory firm that helps businesses scale and positively impact society and the environment. In this interview, Richa Natarajan, a Director at Unitus Capital, discusses India’s WASH sector, the importance of collaboration, and the human impact Unitus Capital seeks to achieve through its work with USAID INVEST.

By Carolanne Chanik, INVEST Communications Coordinator

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 as part of an urgent call to end longstanding poverty and inequities. The collection of 17 audacious and interlinked global goals, meant to “achieve a better and more sustainable future for…

USAID’s Southern Africa Regional Mission has teamed up with USAID INVEST, an initiative that mobilizes private capital for better development results, to support a portfolio of activities to pilot and prove investment models that provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the capital they need to grow on their own terms. A thriving SME sector can increase employment, enable societies to procure goods and services locally, and improve the quality of living for families and communities.

A view of the landscape in Northern Mozambique. Across Southern Africa, catalytic funding from USAID will support a portfolio of four innovative investment vehicles aiming to drive inclusive economic growth and mobilize private sector investment to support small and medium enterprises and emerging farmers in the region. Source: ThirdWay Africa

By Benjamin Butcher, INVEST Activity Associate

The Venture Capital model that has made Silicon Valley synonymous with technological innovation has inspired investors to apply…

An abridged version of this article was published in Devex. Read it here.

Photo by Mathieu Stern on Unsplash

By Vanessa Holcomb Mann and Jessamy Nichols, USAID INVEST

Donors like USAID have added a powerful tool to their toolbox: catalytic funding.

Catalytic funding enables investments that generate positive impact, and it is helping development agencies increase the volume of capital flowing into post-conflict, frontier, and emerging markets. Donors are turning to this approach more and more as they work to address the world’s most daunting challenges. …

To celebrate International Women’s Day, USAID INVEST hosted a panel conversation on gender lens investing (GLI) with three leaders in women’s economic empowerment: Maria Cavalcanti, President and CEO of Pro Mujer; Evelyne Dioh, Managing Director of WIC Capital; and Shuyin Tang, CEO and Co-Founder of the Beacon Fund. The panelists discussed their careers, current work in promoting more inclusive investment, and the future of gender lens investing. The panel was moderated by INVEST Senior Investment Advisor Noemi Danao-Schroeder.

The panel will reconvene for a special encore conversation on GLI at the 2021 Women in Global Development Leadership Forum on May…

During a time where COVID-era travel restrictions make traveling to Africa a challenge, Prosper Africa, a U.S. Government initiative to increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa, is piloting a virtual deal room to raise awareness of viable transactions on the continent. As virtual platforms like this one emerge, a long-term impact of the pandemic may be the shortening of the distance between African and American businesses and investors with alternative channels replacing plane tickets.

This article was first published in NextBillion. Read the original article here.

(Photo: August de Richelieu from Pexels).

By Kristin Kelly Jangraw, INVEST Communications Director

Attractive trends…

Creative CFO is a South African business management advisory firm turned first-time fund manager supporting a range of entrepreneurs across sectors. In this interview, Jacobus de Nysschen, Chief Executive Officer of Creative Growth Capital, managed by Creative CFO, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing SMEs and investors in South Africa and why offering a diverse variety of funding instruments may be the key to creating a more sustainable ecosystem of SMEs throughout the region.

By Carolanne Chanik, INVEST Communications Coordinator, and Matthew Mitchell, INVEST Senior Partnership Specialist

Creative CFO has a simple yet lofty goal: to create a world where…


INVEST, a USAID initiative, mobilizes private investment for development goals. It drives inclusive growth and sustainable development in emerging markets.

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