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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.

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.

Engaging Youth in Inclusive Market Development (Event Resources)

Many developing countries today are faced with a growing youth population who want to engage in markets but remain unemployed or underemployed. At the same time, efforts to develop economies through more inclusive and competitive markets are not engaging youth in this process, creating a disconnect between the growing opportunities and the young people without the qualifications to fill them.

Hardworking Hope: Family Farmers Transform Markets

Agriculture for Children’s Empowerment, an activity under the FIELD-Support LWA’s STRIVE program, has introduced the Farmer Financial Diary tool which is helping farmers get a leg up by teaching them to better manage their farms as businesses.

ICT and AG Profile: MFarm

MFarm is a mobile and web-based market information system in Kenya that allows farmers to collectively sell crops and buy inputs to bulk buyers.

ICT and AG Profile: Nutrient Manager for Rice

The Nutrient Manager for Rice (NMR) is a decision support tool that includes both web-based and mobile applications providing personalized fertilizer guidelines for small-scale rice farmers or extension workers.

ICT and AG Profile: DataDyne

Mobile Information Platform uses outbound SMS messaging to provide farmers with timely and localized agricultural information.