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Optimizing the Impact of Trade Facilitation: Engaging Border Communities

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has a long history of designing and implementing trade facilitation (TF) programs that can have a significant positive impact on national economies, but the organization has done relatively little research on how to ensure that the border communities closest to these reforms also benefit.

Role of Markets in Strengthening Social Resilience Capacities in Northeast Nigeria

This brief documents how a combination of livelihood support and economic collectives like village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) can develop financial and social sources of resilience in crisis contexts. In protracted crises, where the state has limited capacity or lacks the political will to provide for and protect its citizens, people rely on markets and social connections for protection, information, and economic resources. Resilience capacities such as agency and confidence in the future are equally important.