The rapid growth of private capital in emerging economies has created an unprecedented opportunity to catalyze financing for private sector-led investment. USAID’s Mobilizing Finance for Development (MF4D) self-paced course aims to equip both USAID staff and development practitioners with a fundamental understanding of finance and the tools and resources to mobilize capital investment for sustainable development outcomes.


This course will provide a wealth of information aimed at building a basic understanding of finance, as well as intervention points and tools with which USAID and partners can catalyze private finance to achieve our development goals. Participants will learn what development finance is and how financial markets and actors operate, as well as constraints to finance in our partner countries and how they can be mitigated and overcome.


The MF4D course will:

  • Offer an understanding of why mobilizing finance is critical to addressing development challenges in countries where USAID works;
  • Introduce the basic concepts of finance, key actors, and instruments;
  • Identify constraints to finance; and
  • Introduce tools, resources, and interventions that help overcome those constraints and catalyze development finance.

This self-paced course includes 21 modules and several interactive knowledge checks. The time commitment for the course is approximately 8.5 hours: 5 hours of screen time and 3.5 hours of home assignments.

The MF4D course is open to implementing partners, development practitioners, and private sector partners. You will be required to create a login on the Learning Lab site to access the course. (USAID staff: please register and take the course through USAID University to earn your CLPs.

For questions on the MF4D course, email, To learn more about USAID Private Sector Engagement, please visit our site.