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What Works to Enhance Women’s Agency

This J-PAL literature review draws from 160 randomized and natural experiments in low and middle-income countries to distill key lessons on what we know about supporting women’s agency based on quantitative evidence.

Savings Groups and COVID-19

This post shares recommendations from The SEEP Network to help organizations consider how best to support Savings Groups and their members during the COVID-19 crisis. This guidance draws on experiences working with Savings Groups during times of crises including conflict, natural disasters and epidemics, such as Ebola.

Working with Savings Groups During COVID-19

COVID-19 poses health and economic risks for savings groups as markets falter; and mobility and community gathering are restrained. This post highlights guidance from CARE to help implementers consider how best to support savings groups and their members during this crisis.

Report: Lessons Learned in Enterprise Development from Sri Lanka

The USAID BIZ+ program in Sri Lanka helped small and medium-sized businesses sustainably and effectively accelerate and grow. This work created over 8,000 jobs and leveraged over $22 million in private sector investment. This post highlights the program and the new Enterprise Development Report.

4.5.16. Sidecar Technical Assistance Facilities

DESCRIPTION Funds used to sponsor technical assistance for investees of one or more investment funds related to a priority geography, sector, or market segment (Source: FinTech Partnerships Playbook).

4.5.15. Pay for Results: Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) and Social Payments

DESCRIPTION Arrangements whereby cash payments are made directly to needy households to stimulate investment in human capital upon meeting predetermined con (e.g., ensuring periodic health checks or school attendance).These programs seek to encourage behavior change to resolve social challenges through cash payments to benefit contingent on the beneficiaries meeting certain human capital investment requirements.