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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.
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.
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.
Based on the regional recommendations from the March workshop and on additional discussions, CEADIR developed country-specific recommendations for improving communication and collaboration to scale up private investment in climate-smart agriculture and forestry.
This post highlights a resource from USAID/Bangladesh about the Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) project that used a market systems approach and forged partnerships with over 40 influential private sector firms.
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.
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.
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.