Last-Mile Digital Connectivity Initiative: Investor Landscape

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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USAID research and consultations revealed that many last-mile connectivity stakeholders often lack visibility into who is active in the space and in which target geographies. In February 2018, USAID and mSTAR conducted a landscaping exercise to identify and consolidate information on both major players in sustainable financing for connectivity: current investors and last-mile connectivity enterprises. On the investment side, the landscaping exercise revealed 57 investors currently funding last-mile connectivity enterprises. Over two-thirds of investors identified were private investment firms and angel investors. More than half of investors focus on the social impact of their investments, in addition to financial returns. On the service provision side, the exercise captured information on over 50 last-mile connectivity enterprises providing innovative solutions for rural or underserved populations across 57 low- and middle-income countries.  Over three-quarters of the enterprises are for-profit service-providers seeking market-rate returns for investors.