Using the Value Chain Approach to Design a Competitiveness Strategy

  • Date Posted: June 2, 2010
  • Authors: Jeanne Downing, Marcela Correa, Ruth Campbell
  • Organizations: ACDI/VOCA
  • Document Types: Primer or Brief
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency

This briefing paper provides guidelines for USAID missions and practitioners for working with the private sector to design programs that extend impact beyond individual firms to industry-wide competitiveness. The paper includes descriptions of the components of a competitiveness strategy (end-market competitiveness, upgrading requirements and a plan for sustainability), as well as the steps involved in developing a strategy.