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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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 case study attempts to evaluate the impact of two types of development interventions in the dairy sector in Serbia: one targeting processors the other focusing on farmers. It provides various recommendations for future value chain development initiatives in post-conflict environments.
This case study is part of a USAID-funded research grant that examines the relationship between economic development and stability. In many parts of the world, Mercy Corps implements programs that combine economic development and peacebuilding.