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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. 

STRIVE Philippines Final Project Report

The objective of STRIVE Philippines was to improve the well-being of vulnerable households—especially for the children and youth within those households—through a market-based approach to economic strengthening in targeted value chains. By improving and expanding existing commercial relationships of vulnerable households, the project’s aim was to promote sustainable and commercially viable solutions that can continue to provide benefits beyond the life of STRIVE Philippines.

STRIVE Philippines Seaweed Sector: Final Evaluation

This paper reports findings from an evaluation of STRIVE Philippines activities in the seaweed sector. Action for Enterprise (AFE) employed a facilitated value chain approach primarily with two seaweed firms between 2008 and 2010 as part of the STRIVE program. STRIVE Philippines’ research agenda examines the outcomes of AFE’s seaweed value chain activities on lead firms, seaweed farmers and their families. Specifically, was there change in the economics of lead firms, income for households, and child wellbeing?

STRIVE Philippines Woven Products Sector: Final Evaluation

This paper reports findings from an evaluation of STRIVE Philippines activities in the woven product sector. The goal of STRIVE Philippines was to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable households—especially for the children and youth within those households—through a value chain approach to economic strengthening. STRIVE Philippines’ research agenda examines the outcomes of AFE’s woven product value chain activities on lead firms, producers (primarily weavers), raw material suppliers, and their families.

mSTAR Quarterly Report | Q3 FY14

The five-year Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) award is a broad, flexible, and responsive program designed to foster the rapid adoption and scale-up of mobile money, mobile access, and mobile data in developing countries.

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.

Scaling Feed the Future Innovations Through Market Systems (Event Resources)

Richard Kohl is a scaling expert currently assisting USAID Bureaus and Missions in thinking about how to scale technologies and innovations within the context of Feed the Future. Dr. Kohl is roughly half-way through a dozen planned country visits to Missions with Feed the Future investments to provide recommendations on scaling innovations, be they technologies or business models. His approach views market systems as platforms for shifting from scaling, as defined by more time and resources, to a more sustainable, population-scale approach. Dr.

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.

The ENABLE Case Study: Making Media Work for the Poor

This case study looks at work being undertaken by the Enhancing Nigerian Advocacy for a Better Business Environment (ENABLE) Programme in Nigeria to strengthen one of the key supporters of this policy process – the mass media.

STRIVE Activity Brief #4: STRIVE Mozambique

Implemented by Save the Children between 2009 and 2012, STRIVE Mozambique aimed to strengthen household economic stability through participation in village savings and loan (VSL) groups and rotating shared labor schemes, and to examine the effects of participation in those activities on household food security and child nutrition.

STRIVE Activity Brief 3: STRIVE Philippines

The Supporting Transformation by Reducing Insecurity and Vulnerability with Economic Strengthening (STRIVE) program, managed by FHI 360 and funded by USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF), was designed to build the evidence base around the links between market-driven economic strengthening approaches and the well-being of children and youth.

Mentoring and Belonging

"Mentoring and Belonging" was presented under the Gender track at the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Abigail Kaindu and Catherine Boyce from Camfed share how mentoring and coaching enhances young people’s economic participation.

Market Systems Innovations – From the Field

DFID has been one of the leading agencies in Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), a market systems approach that works with the private sector to catalyze changes in markets that benefit the poor. DFID’s flagship M4P project in Kenya is the Market Assistance Programme (MAP), managed by Mike Field, a recognized leader in value chain and M4P approaches. Field and his team are exploring innovative, scalable solutions in cross-cutting systems and specific value chains.