Webinar: Catalytic Capital: How do Investments in Social Enterprises Advance Global Health Goals?

In 2013, USAID invested in the design and management of a challenge fund to support early-stage enterprises that sought to increase access to priority health services with innovative solutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund, designed and managed by the SHOPS project, supported a variety of enterprises through grant funding and technical assistance, and by facilitating connections to investors. After the fund ended in 2015, the SHOPS Plus project conducted a longitudinal study that followed the awardees of the fund to understand the long-term benefits of USAID’s investment.

In this webinar, SHOPS Plus shared key findings from the study and led a panel discussion with healthcare entrepreneurs and investors. The panel discussed the study’s implications, the role of donor-funded programming and private capital in financing and scaling innovative solutions in global health.


  • Elaine Menotti, Health Science Specialist, Deputy Division Chief, USAID
  • April Warren, Senior Private Sector Advisor, SHOPS Plus, Abt Associates


  • Colm Fay, Senior Director, Market Strengthening, Clean Cooking Alliance
  • Sam Gwer, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Afya Research Africa
  • Wilfred Njagi, Co-Founder and CEO, VillgroAfrica
  • Shigeru Handa, Director, Asia Africa Investment and Consulting (AAIC) & Board Member, Jacaranda Health

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October 2021
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Webinar Recording



Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement (AID-OAA-A-15-00067) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. government information and does not represent the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. government.

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