In the United States and globally, Abt’s strategies for mobilizing financial resources help governments and the private sector fund sustainable changes to improve health, economic wellbeing and the environment. Without adequate funding, countries, states, municipalities and communities can’t provide the services and infrastructure the public needs. Access to finance also contributes to economic growth and employment.
Abt helps mobilize funds and helps governments and the private sector spend money efficiently to achieve one goal: improving the quality of life for people in the U.S. and worldwide.
Abt employs a range of financial resource mobilization approaches to tackle development challenges. We have expertise in public and privately sponsored health insurance, public financial management, and domestic resource mobilization. We also support innovative approaches to increase access to finance to grow and improve priority sectors. Those sectors include health, affordable housing and renewable energy. We have improved the enabling environment for domestic resource mobilization, capital-markets development, financial-product development and financial feasibility studies. Our approaches include:
Abt works to unlock the financing that value chain actors need to make investments in productivity, post-harvest systems and mechanization. On the demand side, we focus on strengthening the technical and business skills of producer organizations and agribusinesses. On the supply side, we support the design, deployment and scale up of financial products. We also motivate financial institutions to finance agriculture by linking them to tools that mitigate risk. Through the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Abt facilitated $100 million in new private sector investment in 100 companies working mainly in the agriculture and food sectors. The emerging apparel industry in West Africa also received funding. The project facilitated $85 million in new loans to clients in these targeted sectors.
Common strategies for governments to increase funding and assets available for public services include: 1) increasing budgets; 2) seeking efficiencies so funds go further and 3) providing policy incentives for private-sector investment. Internationally, Abt’s assistance encourages countries to develop or strengthen an overarching health financing framework and enhance relationships between public and private financing. Abt helps countries identify, generate and mobilize financing sources to increase revenue collection. One example is the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project’s work in Ukraine, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.
Abt is a global leader in the development and implementation of System of Health Accounts (SHA), one of many powerful tools that generate data for governments to increase allocative efficiency. Our Health Systems Technical Efficiency Guide is an interactive web-based guide to help ministries of health prioritize areas likely to produce the greatest efficiency gains.
In the US, Abt helps the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) establish indicators and monitor and evaluate how the two major housing finance government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — comply with Duty to Serve (DTS) obligations. Abt helps ensure that the GSEs finance three underserved housing markets: affordable rural, multifamily and single-family housing.
Commercial credit is an engine of growth for businesses around the world. Through USAID’s Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) project in Central America, Abt created a lending tool kit and product development support for commercial banks to strengthen their capacity for clean energy financing. In El Salvador, CEADIR contributed to approval of a 15-year Development Credit Authority (DCA) Loan Portfolio Guarantee for nearly $54 million in lending to private businesses. The borrowers were in priority sectors such as climate and renewable energy. Between 2015 and 2017, Abt trained 1,272 staff from 12 banks in four countries on clean energy financing techniques.
Working with USAID’s Ethiopia Private Health Sector Project, Abt provided small-scale health care providers with business management training. That enabled the providers to improve their ability to access and manage financing for business growth. These midwife clinics, hospitals and pharmacies gained access to loans supported by a U.S. government-backed loan portfolio guarantee. The lending included more than $4.5 million in loans to providers who offer life-saving tuberculosis, HIV, family planning and maternal and child health services.
Through the USAID-funded Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project, Abt supported the conceptualization and administration of the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund. Other funders included the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. The Fund sought innovative and replicable solutions to address critical health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa. The priorities included high rates of maternal and child mortality; unmet need for modern family planning methods; and lack of access to HIV and AIDS testing, care and treatment services. Through an Abt-managed competitive selection process, the Fund provided grants and technical assistance to health enterprises with the potential to improve health outcomes. The recipient enterprises had to demonstrate the potential for sustainability, scale and replication while increasing access to health care in Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
Through the HFG Project, Abt supported the development and implementation of resource mobilization strategies for regional and national non-government organizations that are transitioning from donor support to self-sufficiency. In the Caribbean, Abt-supported resource mobilization strategies, planning support and financial and economic modeling have resulted in more than $11 million in new funding for civil society organizations (CSOs), partnerships, associations and non-governmental organizations. The funds will help them provide essential support for key populations in the fight against HIV as development partners reduce funding in the region.
In Guyana, Abt provided policy recommendations for the use of social contracting to fund CSOs as part of a transition strategy from USAID and Global Fund support. We also are helping the government implement a social contracting pilot, including developing scopes of work and key performance indicators.
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