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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce the publication of its Amazon Vision 2020 Report and its summary, an update on the strategy to support communities in the Amazon region. Climate change, illegal deforestation, and other large-scale activities, and economic pressures all threaten the region and the women, men, and children who live there.
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
USAID’s HIFIVE program, led by WOCCU and FHI 360, has partnered with caisse populaire SOCOLAVIM to support the credit union to tackle critical barriers to expanding access to finance in the Artibonite department of Haiti. This success story explores how SOCOLAVIM with the support of HIFIVE was able to interconnect all of SOCOLAVIM’s branches by investing in information and communication technology (ICT).
Mangos are Haiti’s largest agricultural export, topping over $10 million in sales per year. Not surprisingly, exporters prefer to work with suppliers who can provide large volumes of mangos at consistent quality. This preference makes it difficult for small producers to participate in the lucrative mango export market.
Individually, “very poor” producers in Haiti’s Central Plateau do not produce mangos at a large enough volume to supply exporters directly. Thus, market limitations have a prohibitive effect on the income of very poor producers.
The following success story documents the second Foire d’Opportunité Finaciere et Economique or Financial and Economic Opportunities Trade Fair held by the Haiti Integrated Finance for Value Chains and Enterprises (HIFIVE) project in Saint-Marc February 20-21, 2014.
Remittances provide a critical source of income for hundreds of thousands of Honduran households. Honduran migrants sent over $2.96 billion in remittances in 2012, accounting for 15.7 percent of the country’s GDP. This FIELD Report explores the role of remittances along Honduras’ Corredor Seco (“Dry Corridor”), a geographic region in Western and Southern Honduras stretching from Guatemala to Nicaragua along the El Salvador border.
The Cooperative of Planters of Coffee from the District of Belle-Anse-Thiotte (COOPCAB) in rural Haiti were able to improve their exports both in quantity and quality after receiving a loan that was made possible by a grant from the HIFIVE project to two local financial institutions. With support from these financial institutions, COOPCAB was able to dramatically increase exports and achieve positive results in international markets.
This success story documents the story of an entrepreneur in rural Haiti who was able to obtain a loan and subsequently saw his income increase when the credit union Caisse Populaire Fraternité (CPF) opened a new branch in Plaine-du-Nord, Haiti in November 2012 with financial help from the USAID-funded HIFIVE project.
El Programa de Desarrollo Económico Local-PRODEL, financiado por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional -USAID, ha culminado con éxito cinco años de trabajo en las zonas fronterizas del norte y sur del Ecuador.
A market assessment was conducted in Honduras on the complexity of the current agricultural market systems for selected horticulture crops to pinpoint optimal ways for USAID to stimulate the development of a dynamic and self-upgrading market system.
As part of USAID’s response to the earthquake in Haiti, HIFIVE provided grants to a number of affected MFIs to help stabilize the institutions and to improve their ability to continue supporting their clients.
This presentation highlights new findings on global value chain (GVC) upgrading in large and small economies. Drawing on emerging research, Gary Gereffi discusses several factors related to new trends in GVC upgrading, including state policy and a re-emphasis on the domestic market, the regionalization of value chains, and the role of shifting end markets for developing country exporters. He talks about these trends in the context of Brazil and Costa Rica, as seen in three manufacturing industries.
Working directly with customers brings a new perspective on the problem of financial inclusion: a deeper understanding of demand could be key to designing a meaningful and sustainable offering, particularly as we realize how little we actually know.