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A Public-Private Model for Digital Agriculture in Pakistan

This innovative pilot implemented in a rural part of the Swat Valley in Pakistan was designed to leverage technologies to provide farmers with low literacy rates with up-to-date market and training information, digitally disseminated through their mobile phones, in their local language, and helping them to increase the quality and quantity of their produce.

e-Payments Snapshot: Concern Worldwide Malawi

An ePayment Snapshot about Concern Worldwide in Malawi, and their experience adopting e-payments as one of three small grant recipients from the Electronic Payment Implementation and Evaluation Grants Program in 2013 facilitated by USAID and NetHope.

Agricultural Productivity Context: Promoting Agriculture, Governance, and the Environment (PAGE) Project

The PAGE project worked with smallholder cocoa producers—most of whom were vulnerable, including war widows and youths—to address production-to-market transactions and develop competitive agricultural and rural enterprises using a market systems approach. This case study highlights the importance of the facilitation role of the development organization to ensure that stakeholder workshops take place. In the project, a national level stakeholder summit took place to address the constraints and opportunities of the national cocoa value chain in Sierra Leone.

LENS Factsheet

The USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support activity (LENS) assists micro and small enterprises (MSEs) to grow their businesses and create job opportunities, while developing an inclusive enabling environment for Local Economic Development (LED) in selected municipalities.

USAID-Foras Snapshot: Using Insights from Social Media to Work Smarter

In today’s digitally-connected society, it is possible for companies, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies alike to use social media and website analytics to gain unprecedented insight on their clientele. The Iraq Opportunities Project (USAID-Foras) is using data gleaned from its own online presence to learn more about its beneficiaries and help them to better achieve their goals.

USAID-Foras Snapshot: Bringing Public and Private Together to Build the Iraqi Workforce

A key challenge identified by companies currently operating in Iraq is a lack of basic skills in the Iraqi workforce. The Iraq Opportunities Project (USAID-Foras) brought together members of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the USAID Mission to Iraq (USAID/Iraq), and training and Corporate-Social Responsibility (CSR) experts from Dana Gas, Crescent Petroleum, Skilliance, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Coca Cola, and Afren Energy at a roundtable in December 2013.

USAID-Foras Snapshot: Smashing a Social Media Milestone

In two months, the Iraq Opportunities Project (USAID-Foras) has garnered 100,000 “Likes” on its Facebook page. By Liking the page, Facebook users are effectively subscribing to job announcements, training videos, and similar content that show up in their news feeds when USAID-Foras posts content. This achievement allows USAID-Foras to build on a direct channel to a crucial demographic—young, tech-literate Iraqis.

USAID-Foras Snapshot: Helping US Investment Take Root in Northern Iraq

The Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) is open for business, and U.S. companies are ready to invest in Iraq’s economic growth. On December 4, 2013, the USAID-Foras Project hosted a private sector meet-and-greet for companies based in Erbil to come together and discuss future investment opportunities. The meeting gave private sector companies a chance to network and discuss specific challenges and opportunities they face related to workforce development. Several U.S.

Pushing the Employment Frontiers for Africa's Rural and Urban Youth

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is growing at more than twice the pace of any other region. Although the overall rate of population expansion has been gradually declining for decades, the absolute number of working-age people will grow by approximately 14 million next year alone (Lam and Leibbrandt 2013). By 2030, when children born this year reach their 16th birthdays, the corresponding labor pool will have grown by 21 million people annually.

mSTAR Digest | January 2014

This third edition of the mSTAR Digest contains updates to the mSTAR community on mSTAR project activities; partner news; and upcoming opportunities.

The ENABLE Case Study: Making Media Work for the Poor

This case study looks at work being undertaken by the Enhancing Nigerian Advocacy for a Better Business Environment (ENABLE) Programme in Nigeria to strengthen one of the key supporters of this policy process – the mass media.

Bringing Competitors Together for Financial Inclusion

In the competitive markets of banking and mobile communication, a remarkable collaboration is helping deliver the promise of mobile money to Malawi with assistance from FHI 360’s Mobile Money Accelerator Program (MMAP).

STRIVE Activity Brief #4: STRIVE Mozambique

Implemented by Save the Children between 2009 and 2012, STRIVE Mozambique aimed to strengthen household economic stability through participation in village savings and loan (VSL) groups and rotating shared labor schemes, and to examine the effects of participation in those activities on household food security and child nutrition.

mSTAR Digest | November 2013

This first edition of the mSTAR Digest contains updates to the mSTAR community on mSTAR project activities; partner news; and upcoming opportunities.

Mentoring and Belonging

"Mentoring and Belonging" was presented under the Gender track at the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Abigail Kaindu and Catherine Boyce from Camfed share how mentoring and coaching enhances young people’s economic participation.