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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.
The U.S. Agency for International Development in Bangladesh (USAID/Bangladesh or the Mission) engaged Integra Government Services International (Integra) through the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project III (LEAP III), to conduct an assessment (the Assessment) and prepare a draft scope of work (SOW) for an upcoming five-year, $10-15 million activity under the Mission’s Feed the Future (FtF) program (the Activity). Through this new activity, the Mission will improve policy implementation in four key pillar areas: 1) seeds, 2) food safety, 3) social safety nets (SSN) and 4) nutrition.
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.
Private Sector Engagement (PSE) is a strategic approach to international development through which USAID consults, strategizes, aligns, and collaborates with the private sector for greater scale, sustainability, and effectiveness of development or humanitarian outcomes.
The COVID-19 epidemic has created a serious negative impact not only on the health sector in the country but in all aspects of living. This post shares a rapid assessment report from SHOMOSHTI Project, CARE Bangladesh.
USAID provides a series of knowledge products to help global mission staff better integrate agricultural finance into mission activity within the context of the U.S. Government's Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS).
Marketlinks hosted a webinar on February 19th, 2020 to learn more about the third edition of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS). This webinar explored practical guidance and tips for mainstreaming MERS at the donor, institutional and practitioner level.
Listen to a new podcast from Cardno International Development, Dalberg Advisors, and EcoVentures International as they discuss private sector engagement and share current market systems development trends.
Marketlinks, Agrilinks, and the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security (EEFS) project hosted a joint webinar on Thursday, February 6, 2020, examining the enabling environment for agricultural market systems in fragile contexts.
This is the third post in a series exploring how a partnership facility can work as an interface between donor-funded programs and their private-sector partners, and how the partnerships that emerge can be an engine driving systemic change.
This report form ISF Advisors and the Mastercard Foundation's Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab summarizes the latest data on the size and scope of the global rural agricultural finance market, finding a significant gap between supply and demand of financial services.
This report analyzes recent experiences with renewable energy reverse auctions in El Salvador, Mexico, and Peru. The analysis focuses on the regulatory environment, characteristics, and results of the auctions, and financing of winning bids.
USAID Madagascar requested technical assistance from USAID/Washington through the CEADIR activity for training and technical assistance on climate adaptation, opportunities for improving local governance, and expanding private sector engagement and financing.
Drawing on a new ILO database, this report provides an up-to-date and realistic assessment of the global contribution of self-employment and micro- and small enterprises to employment – both in the formal and the informal economy.
This literature review summarizes the greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental, and social and cultural impacts of hydropower that should be considered in planning, construction, and operation of hydropower dams.
The USAID Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience activity designed and implemented a regional activity to accelerate clean energy private sector investment in the target countries of India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
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.
The USAID Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment, and Resilience (CEADIR) activity has published a synthesis of its first 17 webinars, which are focused on the theme of "Navigating the Climate Economy."