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LEAP III Ex-Post Evaluation of USAID/Zambia’s PROFIT+

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Zambia requested the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis III project (LEAP III) to conduct an ex-post evaluation of the Production, Finance, and Improved Technology Plus (PROFIT+) project, which was implemented from 2012 to 2017. The objective of PROFIT+ was to improve productivity, expand trade, and increase investments by developing functional market systems in rural areas.

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.

ICT and AG Profile: Parmalat

This profile discusses Parmalat, a large-scale dairy company, which is using a direct deposit scheme to pay its network of small-scale milk farmers in Zambia.

ICT and AG Profile: Dunavant

This profile discusses Dunavant, the largest cotton company in Zambia, which is pilot testing the use of e-vouchers that are redeemable for cash, merchandise, and other services including school fees.

PROFIT Zambia Evaluability Assessment

This Evaluability Assessment was completed prior to embarking on an impact assessment of the PROFIT Zambia Program. The document assesses the causal model underlying the program, the appropriateness of program design in light of its causal model, the program time frame, and other program characteristics. The results of the analysis are used to determine the appropriateness of conducting an impact assessment of the program and, if so, what the design/methodology of the impact assessment should be.

PROFIT Zambia Impact Assessment

Over the past decade, a new generation of private sector development programs has evolved. These programs emphasize sustainable and pro-poor economic growth while working through markets and private sector agents, reducing and eventually eliminating assistance provided to participating businesses. These projects often involve promoting the competitiveness of selected industries or value chains in global and domestic markets while increasing the participation of, and benefits to, farmers and other micro and small enterprises (MSEs).

Food Aid and Food Security in the Short and Long Run: Country Experience from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

This document, produced under a primer series on social safety nets, assesses the role of food aid in improving food availability and food access. It is based on a synthesis of experiences in four countries:  India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia. It concludes that food aid does not have to create negative impacts, particularly if it is tied to the development of infrastructure that supports production and market linkages, avoids creating negative price effects for food producers, and reaches the food insecure.