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Tracking the First- and Second-Order Impacts of COVID-19

In March 2021, the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (USAID/PPL) COVID Analytics Team prepared "Tracking the First- and Second-Order Impacts of COVID-19," a concise landscape analysis examining the pandemic's impacts across USAID sectors and regions after one year.  The analysis explores six broad areas -- the health crisis, macroeconomic and mobility shocks, household-level impacts, shifts in democratic governance and civic engagement, national security, and climate change -- and leverages the best available data from USAID and external institutions to unders

MMAP: Mobile Money Accelerator Program

The Mobile Money Accelerator Program (MMAP) is a two-year associate award under the USAID funded FIELD-Support cooperative agreement that seeks to increase mobile money adoption in Malawi and enhance product development.

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.

Project Snapshot: Testing the Graduation Model in Ethiopia

REST implements the Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) project, which seeks to determine whether it is possible to help the ultra-poor graduate to a level of self-sufficiency, in particular to a level where they can benefit from microfinance services.

ICT and AG Profile: Mace Foods' M-Pesa

M-Pesa allows customers to deposit and withdraw money, transfer money to other users and non-users, pay bills, and purchase airtime, all through a network of agents that includes airtime resellers and retail outlets acting as banking agents.

Pathways out of Poverty Case Study: AMPATH: Reaching the Vulnerable Using Value Chain Development

USAID commissioned a series of case studies to examine interventions and approaches to creating pathways out of poverty that either “pushed” the very poor towards productive engagement in markets and/or “pulled” the poor into markets. This case study, written by the Indiana Institute for Global Health Kenya, examines the Academic Model for Providing Access to Health Care (AMPATH) in Western Kenya which piloted a sequenced graduation approach to market integration.

ICT and AG Profile: Kilimo Salama

Kilimo Salama—which means “safe farming” in Kiswahili—offers smallholder farmers access to micro-insurance against either drought or excessive rains.

Value Chain Activities for Conflict-Affected Populations in Guinea

This study is part of a series of guided case studies aimed at exploring whether and under what conditions the application of a value chain approach can help accelerate economic growth in conflict-affected environments. Using the value chain framework, the study looks at interventions in the groundnuts sector of a larger integrated community development program called “Social and Economic Recovery through Community Development Initiatives” (SER-CD).

Early Lessons Targeting Populations with a Value Chain Approach

The value chain approach has been applied with a pro-poor focus for many years by different donors. By applying this framework to specific target populations or to specific settings, such as post-conflict, USAID takes the approach one step further by tailoring interventions to meet the needs and circumstances of specific groups. A unique aspect of this approach is that it takes a market-driven methodology and applies it under circumstances of regional instability, or when tribal tensions, disease, or psychological trauma are prevalent.

Value Chain Framework and the Lulu Livelihoods Programme

This study is part of a series of guided case studies aimed at exploring whether and under what conditions the application of a value chain approach can help accelerate economic growth in conflict-affected environments. The focus of this case is the Lulu Livelihoods Programme implemented by MEDIC in Sudan’s shea butter industry. It details the strategies pursued by the program to cope with the ongoing conflict and presents research findings based on the four hypotheses tested.