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A Rough Guide to the MSD Approach for Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

This Rough Guide has been written to highlight special considerations for the funders and implementers of youth employment-focused programmes that use the MSD approach in Sub-Saharan Africa.  It builds on core MSD guidance, existing literature and practitioner experience. It aims to contribute by helping funders and implementers think systemically about the youth employment challenge and support sustainable, inclusive, and scalable solutions:

A Local Certification System in Georgia: Steppingstones to Meeting Market Demands

This brief focuses on the role of certification schemes for agricultural products by tracking the creation of Georgian Good Agricultural Practices (GeoGAP. GeoGAP is a scaled-down version of the internationally recognized Global Good Agricultural Practices (GLOBALG.A.P.) and helps meet local demand for safe, traceable food. The certification was created by the Georgian Farmers’ Association with support from the USAID-funded, Zrda Activity which is implemented by Chemonics.

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. 

Digital Financial Service Product Innovation #1 - Bank Asia

USAID’s Agricultural Extension Support Activity (AESA), implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in partnership with CARE Bangladesh and mPower is piloting a new initiative entitled ‘Smallholders’ Access to Microfinance through Bank: A-card’ to provide smallholder farmers with agricultural lending. AESA is partnering with Bank Asia Limited and local microfinance institutions Society Development Committee (SDC), Grameen Jano Unnayan Sangstha (GJUS) and DAM Foundation for Economic Development (DFED) to test a micro-credit facility for farmers in Faridpur, Bhola, and Barguna districts.

Mobile Money Training Flipcharts for Farmers

Written in Bangla, these Training Flipcharts provide an overview of the benefits and advantages of using mobile money. They were developed by USAID's AIN project to train farmers in the Khulna region. The technical content has been field-tested and was written for rural farmers who may not grasp complex terminology. For example, the text is brief and large to help trainees better remember the training content. The flipcharts also include diagrams that illustrate how to navigate bKash on mobile phones.

FIELD Report No. 21: Understanding Systemic Change in the Vegetable Seed Market – A Qualitative Assessment

This report from the FIELD-Support LWA examines changes in the local market system resulting from the introduction of vegetable seed mini-packets in Bangladesh (facilitated through an Action for Enterprise program), and how those changes affected local farmers and their households. It first presents the findings of a market system assessment based on a review of secondary data and in-depth interviews (IDIs) with market actors.

Mobile Money Snapshot: Save the Children

USAID promotes increased access to and usage of mobile financial services in order to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate broad-based economic growth, and instill transparency into funding flows. mSTAR/Bangladesh produces these mobile money snapshots describe the experiences of USAID- and non-USAID-funded organizations that have begun to replace cash with digital payments so that others can apply their lessons learned to their own transition to digital payments.

Smart Usage of Mobile Money in Projects & Programs in Bangladesh: Workshop Report

mSTAR Bangladesh held its third quarterly workshop on June 12, 2014, focusing on the smart usage of mobile money and developing an enabling financial ecosystem. The workshop also discussed the future of mobile money in Bangladesh and the potentially huge impact it could have on increasing financial inclusion. The workshop was attended by 19 participants representing 9 organizations. See workshop report for full details.

Agricultural Productivity Context: Promoting Agriculture, Governance, and the Environment (PAGE) Project

The PAGE project worked with smallholder cocoa producers—most of whom were vulnerable, including war widows and youths—to address production-to-market transactions and develop competitive agricultural and rural enterprises using a market systems approach. This case study highlights the importance of the facilitation role of the development organization to ensure that stakeholder workshops take place. In the project, a national level stakeholder summit took place to address the constraints and opportunities of the national cocoa value chain in Sierra Leone.

Mobile Money Snapshot: PROSHAR Cash for Work Program

USAID promotes increased access to and usage of mobile financial services in order to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate broad-based economic growth, and instill transparency into funding flows. These mobile money snapshots describe the experiences of USAID- and non-USAID-funded organizations that have begun to replace cash with digital payments so that others can apply their lessons learned to their own transition to digital payments.

Pushing the Employment Frontiers for Africa's Rural and Urban Youth

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is growing at more than twice the pace of any other region. Although the overall rate of population expansion has been gradually declining for decades, the absolute number of working-age people will grow by approximately 14 million next year alone (Lam and Leibbrandt 2013). By 2030, when children born this year reach their 16th birthdays, the corresponding labor pool will have grown by 21 million people annually.

Assessment of a Diagnostic Tool for Household Poverty and Food Security in Balaka District, Malawi

In August 2013, LIFT conducted a study in Balaka District, Malawi to assess the utility of a diagnostic tool to help service providers make efficient, effective, and appropriate referrals–a critical piece of the project’s goal to build the continuum of care for people living with HIV and other vulnerable households–as well as to learn how LIFT II can classify clients into three categories of household poverty/vulnerability.