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The Resource Library serves as a broad resource hub, including over 1000 documents, training materials, wikis, and curated reports to increase readers' awareness, understanding, and proficiency of several topics in market systems development. Users have access to proposals, evaluation materials, and USAID policy updates, as well as training modules and wikis to boost skills and knowledge.

These resources are bolstered by the inclusion of curated USAID reports published on the USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) which serves as a repository of reports from completed or ongoing USAID development projects around the globe. The full USAID Development Clearinghouse website can be accessed here.

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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.

Funding Our Future: Five Pillars for Advancing Rights-Based Climate Finance

This new report from the Center for International Environmental Law: "Funding Our Future: Five Pillars for Rights-Based Climate Finance" explores how climate finance can advance the principal goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement and protect human rights. Adequate climate finance must flow from those developed countries most responsible for the climate crisis to those developing countries least responsible for it, yet most adversely affected by it. Funding must reach those most in need, without creating new debt or compounding existing inequalities.

Public-Private Partnerships for Family Planning Commodities

Many governments and donors support the use of public-private partnerships to distribute publicly managed commodities through the private health sector to overcome barriers to access for the full range of family planning methods. This brief draws on country experiences with commodity partnerships for family planning in Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania. It documents approaches used to place government-managed commodities into the hands of private providers and ultimately the women seeking the method.

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.

WEEGE in Trade Facilitation

This section details the ways in which women’s economic empowerment and gender equality is integrated into customs and border agencies' services, operations and personnel management.

5.3.1. Sample 1: Integrating WEEGE into an Activity Gender Analysis

This sample presents modified excerpts from a health systems activity-level gender analysis to illustrate how WEEGE can be integrated. The findings are presented in two different formats: organized by ADS 205 domains, and organized by the actors in the health activity value chain.

5.3. Resources, Samples and Tools

Each unit of the WEEGE Technical Guide includes resources, samples and/or tools. This unit includes one sample and four tools. In this Unit, you will find:

5.2. Applying a WEEGE Lens to Activity Design and Implementation

Integrating WEEGE at the activity level requires an understanding of the opportunities and challenges women face in their local context, in order to design effective approaches and strategies, allocate resources to support them and identify and troubleshoot potential challenges.

5.1. Overview

An activity is generally defined as an “implementing mechanism that carries out an intervention or set of interventions to advance identified development result(s)”.

Unit 5: Integrating WEEGE into Activity Design and Implementation

Unit 5 addresses how to: incorporate WEEGE into activity-level analyses; reflect WEEGE-related findings in the activity design; incorporate requirements to address WEEGE into activity solicitations; and hold implementing partners accountable for demonstrating WEEGE integration during activity implementation.

4.3.1. Sample 1: Integrating WEEGE into a Project-level Gender Analysis

This sample document includes excerpts from a gender analysis. The excerpts illustrate different ways that WEEGE can be included in a project-level gender analysis. The findings are presented in two different formats: organized by ADS 205 domains, and organized by USAID sector. Each sector-specific finding is paired with actionable recommendations that can be used to inform USAID’s work.

4.3. Resources, Samples and Tools

Each unit of the WEEGE Technical Guide includes resources, samples and/or tools. This unit includes one sample. In this Unit, you will find: Sample 1: Integrating WEEGE into a Project-level Gender Analysis

4.2. Applying a WEEGE Lens to Project Design

Project Design Process The project design process offers opportunities to integrate WEEGE considerations in the PDD. During the project design process, USAID Missions define the proposed project’s parameters, present a high-level theory of change, and outline an adaptable plan for implementation, which results in the PDD.

4.1. Overview

The use of projects is optional within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) program cycle. A “project” refers to a group of activities designed and managed in a coordinated way to advance identified result(s) set forth in a country development cooperation strategy (CDCS).

Unit 4: Integrating WEEGE into Project Design and Implementation

Unit 4 addresses how to: integrate WEEGE into the project design process; include WEEGE considerations in various analyses, including the required gender analysis; and incorporate gender analysis findings, including those related to WEEGE, in the project development document.

3.3.4. Tool 2: Integrating WEEGE into the Digital Video Conference

The objective of the digital video conference (DVC) is to clarify the parameters for creating a Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). The Mission presents a synopsis of its concept note and planned path for developing its CDCS. The relevant Regional Bureau provides a recap for feedback from the Washington operating unit, followed by a review of key issues and follow-up consultations. This tool offers guidance on incorporating WEEGE issues into the DVC presentation. Part X: Dissemination Plan Template

The dissemination plan template is a tool to improve consistency across dissemination plans for gender analyses using a WEEGE lens. When using this template, delete all instructions and change the headings and other text to match your content. Part IX: PowerPoint Template

The PowerPoint template is a tool to improve consistency across presentations for gender analyses using a WEEGE lens. It can be used in the presentation of preliminary gender analysis findings and recommendations. When using this template, delete all instructions and change the headings and other text to match your content. Part VIII: Final Report Template

The gender analysis team should discuss the best way to present the findings and recommendations, based on the level of gender analysis (country, project or activity) and audience. Often at the country level, there is an interest in presenting findings by sector, themes or ADS 205 domains, whereas at the activity level there is an interest in aligning the findings to the Development Objectives or Intermediate Results. The final report template is a tool to improve consistency across final reports for gender analyses using a WEEGE lens. Part VII: Interview Good Practice Tip Sheet

Principles of gender equality and female empowerment guide not only the content of USAID gender analyses with a WEEGE lens, but also the ways in which the analyses are conducted. To remain accountable to the individuals engaged in the research, promote a more balanced research relationship and ensure that findings are validated and best reflect the realities of stakeholders, the guidelines and actions in the interview good practice tip sheet are recommended to be carried out before, during and after gender analysis interviews. Part VI: Interview Guide Template

The interview guide template can be used as a guide for the design of key informant interview protocols. Note the importance of disclosure and information sharing up front, and make sure to have the interviewee’s written or oral permission to record the discussion. Finally, respect the privacy of interviewees by following guidance in ADS 508 on protecting participant data.