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Expertise Needed

Through the large and growing INVEST partner network, USAID can access the localized expertise it needs, including support for assessments, structuring funds, and providing transaction advisory services.

Procurement Forecast

Mobilizing Private Capital

Increasingly, private investors and businesses are looking to emerging and frontier markets for better returns and new market opportunities. However, these investors often face high transaction costs and lack the information they need. In some cases, investors encounter poor risk-reward ratios that make investment unattractive.

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What We Do

USAID INVEST reduces barriers for investors and channels private capital into key regions and sectors for better development results.

Our Approach

INVEST is designed to address challenges to make it easier for USAID to work alongside the investment community. It ensures rapid procurement—within eight to ten weeks—so USAID can act within investors’ timelines. It enables flexible, specialized project design and implementation. And, it focuses on learning and adaptation to drive innovation in mobilizing private capital.

Based in Washington, D.C., INVEST is USAID’s flagship blended finance initiative. It has built a network of more than 200 partners that provide the niche, technical expertise USAID needs on demand. INVEST has worked with numerous USAID Missions, including Kenya, Haiti, Afghanistan, Ghana, Vietnam, Tunisia, Serbia, Uganda, India, and South Africa as well as USAID bureaus and independent offices such as Bureau for Global Health, Bureau for Food Security, Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and the U.S. Global Development Lab.