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In March 2021, the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (USAID/PPL) COVID Analytics Team prepared "Tracking the First- and Second-Order Impacts of COVID-19," a concise landscape analysis examining the pandemic's impacts across USAID sectors and regions after one year. The analysis explores six broad areas -- the health crisis, macroeconomic and mobility shocks, household-level impacts, shifts in democratic governance and civic engagement, national security, and climate change -- and leverages the best available data from USAID and external institutions to unders
Systemic change is often talked about, but poorly understood. Join us as we explore how four Feed the Future projects in Sub-Saharan Africa contributed to changes in the systems in which they worked, across varying market enabling environments and using a range of programmatic approaches.
Richard Kohl is a scaling expert currently assisting USAID Bureaus and Missions in thinking about how to scale technologies and innovations within the context of Feed the Future. Dr. Kohl is roughly half-way through a dozen planned country visits to Missions with Feed the Future investments to provide recommendations on scaling innovations, be they technologies or business models. His approach views market systems as platforms for shifting from scaling, as defined by more time and resources, to a more sustainable, population-scale approach. Dr.
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.
This following story documents the successful development of a pilot project to advance the Partnership for HIV Free Survival (PHFS) through the use of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) to reduce perinatal transmission of HIV and improve the immunization of children under five years of age in Lesotho.
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.
"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.
DFID has been one of the leading agencies in Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), a market systems approach that works with the private sector to catalyze changes in markets that benefit the poor. DFID’s flagship M4P project in Kenya is the Market Assistance Programme (MAP), managed by Mike Field, a recognized leader in value chain and M4P approaches. Field and his team are exploring innovative, scalable solutions in cross-cutting systems and specific value chains.
Erik Derk from Tetra Tech will share lessons learned on how to change behavior in both project staff and value chain actors, and how to embed learning and adapting into implementation methodology, while managing for results.
The Agriculture for Children’s Empowerment (ACE) Project in Liberia is founded on the premise that increased household economic security will stimulate more consistent investments in children’s wellbeing.
CARE’s Pathways program is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and substantially impact nutritional outcomes in sustainable ways.
The Mobile Money Accelerator Program (MMAP) is a two-year associate award under the USAID funded FIELD-Support cooperative agreement that seeks to increase mobile money adoption in Malawi and enhance product development.
The Tanzania Staples Value Chain Project – NAFAKA, implemented by ACDI/VOCA, is one of the 10 active Feed the Future projects in Tanzania. Chief of Party Lee Rosner discusses NAFAKA’s market-driven, value chain approach to addressing food security concerns in the country, sharing both the challenges and successes encountered during the project’s first year of implementation.
Limited trust, not lack of education or product knowledge, appears as the key barrier to take-up of health insurance in a randomized field experiment indicating priorities for insurers, regulators and donors interested in increasing product take-up.