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The Trade Facilitation Agreement: A World of Opportunities For MSMEs

While Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are widely acknowledged to contribute to the economic growth of a country, their participation in international trade has been constrained because they typically lack the skills, knowledge of international markets, and familiarity with border procedures to effectively engage in the global economy.

Guide to Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses

Significant improvements in access to information technology (IT) and Internet connectivity have dramatically increased opportunities for businesses around the world. However, the increased connectivity also creates new risks. As businesses rely more on digital tools, these tools create potential vulnerabilities to ever-evolving cyber threats.

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.

Market Systems Resilience Learning Resources Series

This page includes a series of resources aimed at capturing practical guidance and applied experience in market systems resilience (MSR), developed through the Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships Activity. 

A Local Certification System in Georgia: Steppingstones to Meeting Market Demands

This brief focuses on the role of certification schemes for agricultural products by tracking the creation of Georgian Good Agricultural Practices (GeoGAP. GeoGAP is a scaled-down version of the internationally recognized Global Good Agricultural Practices (GLOBALG.A.P.) and helps meet local demand for safe, traceable food. The certification was created by the Georgian Farmers’ Association with support from the USAID-funded, Zrda Activity which is implemented by Chemonics.

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.

A Pragmatic Approach to Assessing System Change

These papers outline a process that programs can use to assess system changes regularly and practically. The 'Overview' summarises the approach and 'How to put it into practice' provides more detailed implementation guidance, worked examples, and useful tips.

Savings Groups and COVID-19

This post shares recommendations from The SEEP Network to help organizations consider how best to support Savings Groups and their members during the COVID-19 crisis. This guidance draws on experiences working with Savings Groups during times of crises including conflict, natural disasters and epidemics, such as Ebola.

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.