Connexus was founded in 2007, drawing from the financial and management expertise of its founder Anita Campion. Today, Connexus continues to boast a robust financial services practice, expanding access to financial services to underserved populations, particularly in the areas of rural and agricultural finance, youth finance, and finance for micro, small and medium enterprises. Connexus offers a holistic, market-based approach to financial services, combining innovative financing models, pipeline development and ready markets, to reinforce investments in emerging markets around the globe.
Connexus designs its agricultural interventions around end-market opportunities, supporting enhanced and sustained impacts for increasing farmer incomes, facilitating agricultural finance, and improving market linkages. Connexus works with multinational food companies and agricultural input suppliers to help them secure quality supply and facilitate market expansion. Known for its expertise in agricultural finance, Connexus has developed a training on Agricultural Value Chain Finance which has been delivered to over 350 value chain actors around the world, including in Latin America and Africa.
As strong proponents of development through local capacity,Connexus works with local enterprises to build their capacity through training and technical assistance. Connexus has supported youth workforce development by building capacity of youth entrepreneurs, as well as that of their local coaches and business mentors. We have trained entrepreneurs on Business Management, Financial Management and How to Access Finance. In addition, we have advised companies and associations on strategic planning, governance, and market research.
Through its work, Connexus has established a broad network of contacts in the financial, development, donor, agriculture and private sectors, allowing us to understand the broad range of perspectives and needs of each. This insight has been critical to the success of many of the PPPs we have developed. In particular, CONNEXUS acts as a bridge builder between the public and private sector, finance and funding needs, technology and users, as well as funds and markets.
Because different age and gender populations have unique needs, Connexus incorporates youth and gender-sensitive strategies into its interventions to help the disadvantaged to improve their economic well-being. Connexus creates inclusive financial services and value chain development interventions by designing appropriate products and linking these populations to key economic opportunities.
Working with USAID, Global Health Council, Intra-Health, CRS, JSI and others to design a participatory conference to address the need for additional resources and support for community health systems and infrastructure, which was found lacking during the peak of the Ebola crisis in 2014. Cracking the Nut Health built on the success of Connexus’ traditional Cracking the Nut learning events, which have helped guide rural and agricultural development, access to finance and food security. This learning event was designed to identify innovative approaches and remaining issues related to scaling up access to community health systems, facilitating public and private partnerships and investment and linking community level knowledge to global resources.
Connexus specializes in designing and delivering learning events, trainings and publications that bring forth knowledge of best practices, lessons learned, and remaining challenges. Connexus’s flagship event, the Cracking the Nut conference, has established itself as an effective platform for knowledge management, particularly in the field of rural and agricultural market development. The conference’s activities and learning products are centered on effective knowledge dissemination to expand and improve industry understanding and use of best practices in design and implementation of rural and agricultural development projects. The conference publications, which are compiled by Connexus, summarize the knowledge generated at the conference and have successfully served as a guide to direct interventions and assistance.
Known for its commitment to excellence and to yielding lasting impacts, Connexus is increasingly involved in monitoring and evaluation projects. Connexus applies rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods to promote actionable learning, increase effectiveness and contribute to better outcomes. Our highly collaborative approach facilitates the design of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems tailored to the unique needs of our clients and that respond to key program objectives and theories of change, helping to anchor strategic learning within the program or organization.