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Amazon Vision 2020 Report

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce the publication of its Amazon Vision 2020 Report and its summary, an update on the strategy to support communities in the Amazon region. Climate change, illegal deforestation, and other large-scale activities, and economic pressures all threaten the region and the women, men, and children who live there.

HIFIVE Success Story: Leveraging ICT to Improve Access to Financial Services

USAID’s HIFIVE program, led by WOCCU and FHI 360, has partnered with caisse populaire SOCOLAVIM to support the credit union to tackle critical barriers to expanding access to finance in the Artibonite department of Haiti.  This success story explores how SOCOLAVIM with the support of HIFIVE was able to interconnect all of SOCOLAVIM’s branches by investing in information and communication technology (ICT).

Linking Small Producers with Export Firms: Market and Enterprise Development in Haiti's Central Plateau

Mangos are Haiti’s largest agricultural export, topping over $10 million in sales per year. Not surprisingly, exporters prefer to work with suppliers who can provide large volumes of mangos at consistent quality. This preference makes it difficult for small producers to participate in the lucrative mango export market. Individually, “very poor” producers in Haiti’s Central Plateau do not produce mangos at a large enough volume to supply exporters directly. Thus, market limitations have a prohibitive effect on the income of very poor producers.

FIELD Report No. 19: Assessment of Remittances in Honduras

Remittances provide a critical source of income for hundreds of thousands of Honduran households. Honduran migrants sent over $2.96 billion in remittances in 2012, accounting for 15.7 percent of the country’s GDP. This FIELD Report explores the role of remittances along Honduras’ Corredor Seco (“Dry Corridor”), a geographic region in Western and Southern Honduras stretching from Guatemala to Nicaragua along the El Salvador border.

Agro-Ecological Finance: A Win-Win for Thiotte, Haiti

The Cooperative of Planters of Coffee from the District of Belle-Anse-Thiotte (COOPCAB) in rural Haiti were able to improve their exports both in quantity and quality after receiving a loan that was made possible by a grant from the HIFIVE project to two local financial institutions. With support from these financial institutions, COOPCAB was able to dramatically increase exports and achieve positive results in international markets.  

New Trends in Value Chain Upgrading: Lessons from Large and Small Countries (Event Resources)

This presentation highlights new findings on global value chain (GVC) upgrading in large and small economies. Drawing on emerging research, Gary Gereffi discusses several factors related to new trends in GVC upgrading, including state policy and a re-emphasis on the domestic market, the regionalization of value chains, and the role of shifting end markets for developing country exporters. He talks about these trends in the context of Brazil and Costa Rica, as seen in three manufacturing industries.

Smart Note: Responding to a Crisis at Fundeser

The Smart Note, “Responding to a Crisis at Fundeser” describes how the MFI dealt with the aftermath of both the worldwide credit crisis and the internal No Pay Movement (Movimiento No Pago).

MFI Networks | Case Study

The microRISK Alliance has formulated the following real world case studies which serve to illustrate the positive impact of the MRA Principles in action. This case study focused on a small network of 5 MFIs across Latin America, with its headquarters in the U.S.