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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

Sauti Trade Insights COVID-19 Bulletin

COVID-19 has imposed extreme challenges for East Africa’s micro and small enterprise traders. The Sauti Trade Insights COVID-19 Bulletin leverages Sauti East Africa's unique analytical perspective to document traders’ changes in business behaviour in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We present key findings on the economic impacts of COVID-19 on traders, drawing on behavioural insights from our mobile-based market information platforms in Kenya and Rwanda. 

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

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.

Displaced Youth Program

Young people are crucial actors in the rebuilding of peaceful, more tolerant communities when the conflict ends.

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.

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.

PROFIT Zambia Evaluability Assessment

This Evaluability Assessment was completed prior to embarking on an impact assessment of the PROFIT Zambia Program. The document assesses the causal model underlying the program, the appropriateness of program design in light of its causal model, the program time frame, and other program characteristics. The results of the analysis are used to determine the appropriateness of conducting an impact assessment of the program and, if so, what the design/methodology of the impact assessment should be.

Cotton Value Chain Case Study for Northern Uganda

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 study draws out lessons learned from a pilot initiative implemented by IRC to promote cotton production among displaced farmers living in camps in Northern Uganda, and the applicability of the value chain approach in such situations.