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COVID-19 Rapid Market Impact Report

This post shares a new report from Mercy Corps highlighting how government restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 has impacted businesses, supply chain, markets and local economies.

Poverty Outreach in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

This research paper shares findings from a large-scale randomized control trial conducted in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The paper describes the poverty profile of community members that participate in CRS' Savings and Internal Lending Communities and shows that CRS is reaching the very poor. Additionally, communities that paid for SILC services through Private Service Providers achieved greater resilience than those that received subsidized support through the traditional field agent approach.     About SILC Innovations

Agent Productivity in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

A randomized control trial evaluation found that savings-group agents who operated on a fee-for-service basis showed higher variability and formed fewer groups on average than project-paid agents over the same period.

Group Performance in Fee-for-Service Savings Groups

A randomized control trial evaluation shows that savings groups supported by fee-for-service agents significantly outperform groups supported by stipend-paid agents on a wide range of key financial and membership measures.

Mobile Money: The Economics of M-PESA

In this paper, we report the initial results of two rounds of a large survey of households in Kenya, the country that has seen perhaps the most rapid and widespread growth of a mobile money product—known locally as M-PESA—in the developing world.

EMMA: Emergency Market Mapping & Analysis

EMMA is a set of tools and guidance notes. It encourages and assists front-line humanitarian staff in sudden-onset emergencies to better understand, accommodate and make use of market-systems. It does not offer a simplistic blueprint for action. However, EMMA does provide accessible, relevant guidance to staff who are not already specialists in market analysis. The EMMA toolkit adds value to established humanitarian practices in diverse contexts.