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A Rough Guide to the MSD Approach for Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

This Rough Guide has been written to highlight special considerations for the funders and implementers of youth employment-focused programmes that use the MSD approach in Sub-Saharan Africa.  It builds on core MSD guidance, existing literature and practitioner experience. It aims to contribute by helping funders and implementers think systemically about the youth employment challenge and support sustainable, inclusive, and scalable solutions:

Human Resources for Customs Internal Affairs Units

The Customs Internal Affairs Human Resources Guide was commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) Center for Economics and Market Development (EMD). This guide is intended to support the development and improvement of Internal Affairs (IA) units within Customs agencies around the world. It is built with the recognition that IA units face unique challenges with hiring, training, and retention, and it aims to provide a collection of resources and recommendations from experienced experts.

BD4FS and Businesses Form Winning Partnerships to Build a Food Safety Compliant Chain

The Senegal poultry industry has experienced significant growth since 2005 when the country halted imports due to an avian flu outbreak affecting many countries. This exceptional situation played an important role in securing investments, increasing local poultry meat production, and facilitating the vertical integration of poultry activities. A large industry has developed and now dominates the market with Senegalese companies comprising all links in the value chain from breeding and input supply to high-value-added processed products. 

Role of Markets in Strengthening Social Resilience Capacities in Northeast Nigeria

This brief documents how a combination of livelihood support and economic collectives like village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) can develop financial and social sources of resilience in crisis contexts. In protracted crises, where the state has limited capacity or lacks the political will to provide for and protect its citizens, people rely on markets and social connections for protection, information, and economic resources. Resilience capacities such as agency and confidence in the future are equally important.

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality in Trade Facilitation: The Role of Customs and Border Services

To bring clearer understanding of the problems of women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), USAID/E3/GenDev requested Banyan Global to conduct a women’s economic empowerment and gender equality (WEEGE) assessment in the area of cross-border trade, focusing on three questions: a) to what extent is women’s economic empowerment and gender equality integrated into customs and border agency services, operations, and personnel management, across various functions; b) how WEEGE gaps in services affect women participating in trade; and c) how processes, procedures, infrastructure, and

Advancing Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion

Digital financial services have expanded opportunities for millions of women across the globe. More than 240 million more women now have an account with a financial institution or mobile money service, compared to 2014.

Gender 101: Gender Equality at USAID

After completing this course, USAID staff will acquire a holistic view of gender equality — they will be able to describe what it is and the policies enacted by USAID to implement it.

What Works to Enhance Women’s Agency

This J-PAL literature review draws from 160 randomized and natural experiments in low and middle-income countries to distill key lessons on what we know about supporting women’s agency based on quantitative evidence.

Working with Savings Groups During COVID-19

COVID-19 poses health and economic risks for savings groups as markets falter; and mobility and community gathering are restrained. This post highlights guidance from CARE to help implementers consider how best to support savings groups and their members during this crisis.

Resource: Confronting Organisational Challenges to Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment in Market Systems Development Programs

This post introduces a case study, Confronting Organisational Challenges to Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment in Market Systems Development Programs: Lessons from AIP-Rural, authored by Holly Lard Krueger, Giulia Salmaso, and Dhita Larasati. This work was supported by a DFAT funded MSD program in Indonesia. This resource discusses common challenges and strategies to address them; as well as key lessons for program design.