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Advancing Family Planning Access and Use through Social Enterprises: Lessons from the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund

SHOPS Plus project conducted a longitudinal study with 3 of the 16 grantees of the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund, a challenge fund that identified and supported private sector solutions to address family planning and other health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa under the SHOPS project from 2013 to 2015. The study examined how grantees have increased access to family planning products and services since the end of the fund, and its findings document the value of investing in private sector social enterprises as a means of increasing access to family planning.

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.

LEAP III Egypt Tourism Pre-Feasibility Study

This report, which was prepared at the request of USAID/Egypt, details the findings of a pre-feasibility study of three potential heritage projects under consideration by USAID/Egypt. Each proposed potential project involves the adaptive reuse of the following historical assets, all of which are located in Historic Cairo.

LEAP III 2020 Strategic Review of the USAID PACE Initiative

In 2013, USAID launched the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative to catalyze private-sector investment to enable the growth of small and growing businesses (SGBs) operating in emerging economies. PACE-funded activities bridge the pioneering gap by 1) investing in early-stage enterprises, 2) encouraging approaches that combine private capital and philanthropy, 3) researching and sharing lessons learned, 4) testing ways to incubate entrepreneurs and connecting them with investors, and 5) making lending to entrepreneurs less risky through guarantees.

LEAP III Egypt Private Sector Landscape Assessment

Egypt’s private sector is highly developed, employing approximately 70 percent of the country’s labor force. A dynamic and young population, large market size, and access to important foreign markets drive Egypt’s enormous economic potential. Despite this progress, significant obstacles dampen the country’s ability to recognize its potential for economic growth. Most micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) operate informally, and they contribute less than 30 percent to gross domestic product (GDP). The country has a complex and burdensome legal and regulatory system.

LEAP III Timor-Leste Customs Sector Assessment

To build upon the customs modernization reforms currently being undertaken by the Customs Authority in Timor-Leste, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III), on behalf of USAID/Timor-Leste, assessed the current operational and legal environment within the customs sector. The review sought, inter alia, to determine the Authority’s adherence to international norms and best practices, with a particular focus on trade facilitation.

Business Case for a New SME Financing Fund in DRC

Executive Summary: SME’s in DRC struggle to find financing. In fact, 92% of SME’s rely on internal financing according to the World Bank enterprise survey in 2013. This is much higher than the Sub Sahara average of 74%. Financing is needed by SME’s to grow their business and to invest in working capital and assets needed for value creation.

Funding Our Future: Five Pillars for Advancing Rights-Based Climate Finance

This new report from the Center for International Environmental Law: "Funding Our Future: Five Pillars for Rights-Based Climate Finance" explores how climate finance can advance the principal goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement and protect human rights. Adequate climate finance must flow from those developed countries most responsible for the climate crisis to those developing countries least responsible for it, yet most adversely affected by it. Funding must reach those most in need, without creating new debt or compounding existing inequalities.

Analysis of the North American Jewelry Market

USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” (Clean Gold), is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project aims to establish a responsible, commercially viable and conflict-free ASM gold supply chain from eastern DRC. A key objective for achieving the project’s vision is to increase demand for and co-investment in responsibly sourced ASM gold from eastern DRC.

The Enabling Environment for Food Traceability System Success

Widespread adoption of food traceability systems (FTS) holds the potential to provide several benefits for agricultural market systems, including mitigating food safety risks, improving market access and increasing productivity gains. Improvements in supply chain transparency from FTS adoption can also lead to an expansion of mutually beneficial trade between countries.

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

Adaptive Approaches To Facilitating Finance In Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector: A Review

“Adaptive Approaches to Facilitating Finance in Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector: A Review“ provides examples of how VCRD empowered banks, farmers, and agri-businesses to identify, evaluate and tap previously elusive – or simply unavailable – financing opportunities in Myanmar, including pre-season working capital loans, microfinance, credit for input purchases and equipment, and pre-procurement loans (trade financing) – in many cases for the first time.

Engaging the Private Sector in Health System Resilience Efforts

Engaging the private sector in all stages of health system resilience is by nature a complex undertaking, most often occurring too late in a response and without adequate planning. Committed public and private champions who see the benefit of joint action are crucial, as is arming them with evidence-based best practices and guidance. This report presents a strategic approach that can guide USAID missions in addressing health system stressors and shocks, while supporting countries on the journey toward self-reliant, prepared, and resilient health systems.

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.