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USAID Partnership Builds Supply Chain Resiliency, Boosts Food Security

March 2, 2023


USAID CATALYZE Mobilizing Private Capital for Development
USAID CATALYZE’s Private Sector Development Activity in partnership with Sri Lanka’s largest supermarket retailer Keells and Hatton National Bank (HNB) launched an innovative Supply Chain Financing Facility to support micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the food sector, improving the resilience of the supermarket’s supply chains and helping to meet MSMEs’ working capital needs.

Digital Training Supports Sri Lanka SMEs to Expand Market Reach

March 2, 2023


USAID CATALYZE Mobilizing Private Capital for Development
USAID Collaborates with SLASSCOM to boost SME competitiveness In December, the USAID CATALYZE Private Sector Development (PSD) Activity partnered with the Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM) to conduct a five-session digital masterclass on using digital marketing to establish an online brand for 50 information and communication technology (ICT) professionals from 30 companies.

Conserving the Sinharaja Rainforest through Sustainable Ecotourism

March 2, 2023


USAID CATALYZE Mobilizing Private Capital for Development
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is Sri Lanka’s only remaining primary tropical rainforest and home to the country’s highest concentration of endemic species of plants and animals, several of which are rare or endangered. Designated both a UNESCO Biosphere and World Heritage Site, the forest reserve’s health is critical to the country’s ecotourism industry. Sustainable ecotourism can accelerate economic growth through increased foreign exchange, employment, and business opportunities, and help countries reach development objectives while protecting their natural resources.

Filling the Gap between Seeds Research and Small-Scale Farmers

February 28, 2023


Beja Turner
CARE’s Farmer Field and Business School (FFBS) model focuses on improving small-scale farmers’ productivity, resilience, and access to markets. FFBS is a hands-on, learning-by-doing approach through which groups of farmers meet regularly during the course of their value chain production cycle to learn about new agricultural techniques and to experiment these treatments on group-managed demonstration plots. Since 2014, FFBS has directly improved the lives of more than 2.5 million farmers and their families.

“We want to engage the private sector in development, but don't know how”: Evidence-based Toolkit for Operationalizing Private Sector Engagement (PSE) at USAID

February 27, 2023


Priyanka Brunese
Even though USAID MBIOs have identified the value of engaging the private sector in the development sector (even consulted USAID’s PSE policy and the PSE Opportunities Tool), the problem of ‘where to begin’ and ‘how to operationalize private sector engagement’ remains a challenge for both U

Renewable Energy Project Advances Gender Lens Equity in Honduran Community

February 7, 2023


Kristin Jangraw
Across Central America, the number and size of renewable energy power plants has grown exponentially in recent decades. In Honduras particularly, hydroelectric power plants have sprung up as the government looks for sustainable ways to generate energy and economic stability for communities across the country.

Demand for Local Co-Op Products Grows in Lima, Peru Thanks to Innovative Grocer Thika Thani

December 15, 2022


Virginia Brown
This article first appeared in NCBA CLUSA's Co-op Weekly Newsletter.  Peruvian market Thika Thani is revolutionizing grocery shopping in Lima and uplifting co-ops in the process. What started in 2015 as a singular boutique grocery store in Lima specializing in locally produced natural, organic, and artisanal products has expanded to four stores in Peru’s capital city and includes a thriving online marketplace. Thika Thani recently opened a store inside a large shopping center that became profitable in just one month.

Enabling Net Zero Markets: Greening Public Financial Management

December 5, 2022


Daniel Kim
A nation’s ability to mobilize resources to combat and cope with climate change is primarily constrained by its resources and financial capacity, which vary dramatically across developing contexts.  While external sources of funding like the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are critical to meeting a nation’s Paris Agreement goals, they are often out of reach without domestic financial systems and processes to absorb such funds and use them productively.

Why Would a Poverty Reduction Program Do Something That’s Not Pro-poor? Digital Development in Ethiopia

December 1, 2022


Dr. Jody Delichte
This blog was authored by Jody Delichte, Ben Taylor, Solyana Amsalu. For any new technology, the early adopters are unlikely to be those at the bottom of the pyramid. This is even less likely where adopting that technology requires infrastructure, asset ownership, skills, and other preconditions. For programs that explicitly aim to benefit the poor, there is often a question of whether to support business models that do not immediately appear to benefit them.

Glorifying Multi-Tasking by Women Entrepreneurs Must Stop

November 30, 2022


Emma Langbridge
How many times this week have you heard someone rave about an amazing mother who is simultaneously juggling her business with childcare, while running a household? This is constantly happening. Everywhere across the globe. We all do it – men and women. Glorifying multi-tasking by women entrepreneurs must stop.

Women Entrepreneurs Weather COVID -19 Years after the Project Closed

November 29, 2022
This blog was authored by Tess Bayombong, Maria Adelma Montejo, Emily Janoch, Caitlin Shannon, and Tzusuan Peng. Women entrepreneurs who talk about success in their businesses in the Philippines have fascinating contributions to what success means. Cecile Corio describes an arc of resilience and equality: “I think of ways to recover (my business). Don’t lose trust in yourself. I started from nothing; I can prove that I can lead a better life. … My husband and I have a good give-and-take relationship.”

Does International Trade Mitigate or Exacerbate Climate Change?

November 23, 2022


Estefania McPhaul
The relationship between international trade and the climate is complex. In the same way that trade liberalization can create “winners” and “losers,” international trade can mitigate or exacerbate climate change and its impacts. To reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieve the commitments of the Paris Agreement, countries need to minimize the negative and maximize the positive effects of trade on the environment.

Opening Doors to Private Equity in the Western Balkans

November 21, 2022


USAID CATALYZE Mobilizing Private Capital for Development
USAID CATALYZE Partners with Private Equity Fund to Ready SMEs for Private Investors Increasingly, global private investors are eyeing the Western Balkans as the potential for diversifying their portfolios. While private equity financing can raise working capital for a company through restructuring ownership and/or management, few small- and medium-sized business owners in the region are aware of, understand, or desire such a private equity model. In fact, many SME owners resist giving up power and ownership to outsiders.