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USAID Women's Economic Empowerment Community of Practice Resources

The USAID Women’s Economic Empowerment Community of Practice (USAID WEE CoP) was established under the Gender Integration Technical Assistance (GITA) II task order. The goal of the Community of Practice is to a) gather and generate evidence and address data gaps in line with five learning questions identified as part of its Learning Agenda and b) encourage peer learning among its members and sharing of evidence through a variety of online engagement opportunities.

Doing business in Dadaab, Kenya

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) developed the Approach to Inclusive Market Systems (AIMS) to facilitate the development of market-based interventions for the economic inclusion of refugees and other forcibly displaced. Focusing on Dadaab, this study provides a market system analysis for interventions aimed at enabling the self-reliance of refugees and host communities, and thereby contributing to a broader local economic development (LED) agenda. Two complementary pieces form the basis of this report:

A Rough Guide to Entrepreneurship Promotion in Forced Displacement Contexts

Forced displacement is becoming increasingly global in scope and protracted in nature, mak¬ing it critical to devise innovative responses. Entrepreneurship promotion constitutes one such response. This rough guide provides initial practical insights and recommendations for practitioners seek¬ing to implement entrepreneurship promotion programs in forced displacement settings.   

Towards Transformational Impact: Synergies of Private Sector Engagement and Market Systems Development

This brief offers insights into how private sector engagement (PSE) and market systems development (MSD) can contribute to transformational impact, with a focus on opportunities for more intentional, strengths-based collaboration and learning. For personal perspectives on these synergistic opportunities from USAID’s Market Systems Team Lead and the Deputy Director of the PSE Hub, check out this accompanying blog.

State and AID Economic Growth Standard Indicators

The Performance Plan & Report (PPR) is the annual data call where all State and USAID Operating Units (OUs) that receive foreign assistance funds report on results achieved in the past fiscal year. Reporting against standard indicators via the PPR are useful for:

LGBT Exclusion in Indonesia and Its Economic Effects

This study reviews existing research as well as documentation from governments and intergovernmental and non-government organizations to examine the evidence of discrimination against LGBT people and estimate the impact of it on Indonesia’s economy.

The Economic Cost of LGBT Stigma and Discrimination in South Africa

Despite a progressive legal landscape for sexual minorities and court decisions that have upheld the rights of transgender adults, LGBT South Africans experience sizable barriers to economic inclusion based upon race, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.

LEAP III Egypt Tourism Pre-Feasibility Study

This report, which was prepared at the request of USAID/Egypt, details the findings of a pre-feasibility study of three potential heritage projects under consideration by USAID/Egypt. Each proposed potential project involves the adaptive reuse of the following historical assets, all of which are located in Historic Cairo.

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

Calling for Business Unusual: Reforming Climate Finance

The climate finance system is failing to respond to the triple crises of poverty, climate and nature. Going further and faster on climate action requires a whole-of-society response and more, and better climate finance that reaches local levels. So, what needs to change? This briefing sets out some principles for reforming the current climate finance system.

Gender Inequality Causes Poverty Briefer

Through the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality Technical Assistance (WE3 TA) task order, Banyan Global produced the “Gender Inequality Causes Poverty Briefer” highlighting the long-standing and structural barriers contributing to gender inequality, preventing women from full economic participation, and consequently causing and perpetuating poverty.

Analysis of the North American Jewelry Market

USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” (Clean Gold), is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project aims to establish a responsible, commercially viable and conflict-free ASM gold supply chain from eastern DRC. A key objective for achieving the project’s vision is to increase demand for and co-investment in responsibly sourced ASM gold from eastern DRC.

Global Economic Prospects

Although global economic output is recovering from the collapse triggered by COVID-19, it will remain below pre-pandemic trends for a prolonged period. The pandemic has exacerbated the risks associated with a decade-long wave of global debt accumulation. It is also likely to steepen the long-expected slowdown in potential growth over the next decade.

Learning Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Artisanal Gold Miners in Eastern DRC

USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project is designed to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe.

Cost-Benefit Analysis Training

A cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is an effective way to evaluate a project and quantify the relationships among a project’s inputs, outputs and purpose.

COVID-19 Rapid Market Impact Report

This post shares a new report from Mercy Corps highlighting how government restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 has impacted businesses, supply chain, markets and local economies.