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Digital Invest is a blended finance program that seeks to mobilize private capital for digital connectivity infrastructure and digital financial services that strengthen open, interoperable, reliable, inclusive, and secure digital ecosystems in emerging markets. Digital Invest supports global investment fund managers seeking to accelerate sustainable market growth for:

  1. Internet service providers (ISPs) building secure and reliable networks, and
  2. Financial technology companies (fintech) providing safe and inclusive products, services, and platforms that drive financial inclusion and new income generation opportunities for women and underserved populations.

The program will support a competitive, diverse ecosystem of digital connectivity and financial service providers, promoting the growth of resilient, secure digital ecosystems in developing countries.

Many thanks to those that joined us April 27, 2022, for Digital Invest’s program launch with USAID Administrator Power, USTDA Director Ebong, National Security Council Senior Director Etim, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Fernandez, and our fund manager partners. Please refer to our press release for more information. 

This program launch would not be possible without our fantastic fund manager partners:

  • Connectivity Capital is launching a sector-specific impact fund focused on expanding internet access in developing countries, supporting ISPs in building open and secure digital infrastructure to increase access to affordable broadband.

  • E3 Capital (formerly Energy Access Ventures) seeks to improve access to digitally-enabled services across sub-Saharan Africa, with a portion of their fund dedicated to expanding connectivity to drive internet access and use.

  • Integra Partners seeks to empower tech entrepreneurs to drive access to affordable and responsible financial and digital health services across South and Southeast Asia, with the vision that every person and business in the region should be able to manage and improve their financial and physical health digitally and at a reasonable cost.

  • Lendable offers debt financing for financial technology companies (fintechs) operating in emerging and frontier markets, with a focus on increasing access to credit for small-and-medium-sized enterprises and supporting the digital business ecosystem.

  • Accion Venture Lab, the investment arm of Accion International, provides early-stage capital and extensive support to innovative, scalable fintech startups that improve the reach, quality, and affordability of financial services for the underserved.

Digital Invest is led by USAID’s Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub as part of the U.S. Government’s Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP). This program's initial fund manager partnerships are co-funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub, and USAID’s Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub. Please direct any inquiries to digitalinvest@usaid.gov

Last updated: August 15, 2022

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