Resource Library

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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USAID DRC Invest Capital Map Report December 2021

This capital map report provides an analysis of the investment ecosystem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with a focus on the current and potential investors in the DRC that could be relevant to USAID’s DRC Investment Facilitation Activity (USAID Invest, or the Activity). As USAID Invest seeks to catalyze investment for businesses in agricultural value chains and agriculture-enabling sectors, this report also scopes investors based on their interest and past activities in the agricultural sector. 

Overview of Climate Security at USAID

The purpose of this technical brief is to help readers make connections about the relationship between climate change and conflict. It provides USAID’s definition of climate security, and highlights multiple ways in which climate change and conflict interact, and describes approaches for USAID programming.

USAID 2023 Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Policy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) affirms that gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment are fundamental for the realization of human rights and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes. For societies to thrive, women and girls, men and boys, and gender-diverse individuals must have the agency, social support, and structures to make their own choices and live free from violence and abuse. They must have equal rights and opportunities, as well as equal and safe access to and control over resources.

Assessment of ESWATINI’s E-Commerce Readiness

The objective of the assessment is to provide a comprehensive diagnostic of the country’s ecommerce ecosystem, mainly highlighting strengths and weaknesses. The assessment will be centered around 5 key areas in e-commerce: Physical Connectivity (Infrastructure ecosystem), Finance and Payments (Access to finance and e-payments ecosystem), Governance (Policies, regulations, e-gov and statistics), Online Markets (Platforms, trade facilitation, logistics) and Enterprise (Entrepreneurship, incubators and accelerators, and skills).

Strategy for Development of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Sector in Mauritius

EU Africa RISE has conducted an in-depth and comprehensive feasibility study for the establishment and focused strategic positioning of Mauritius as a regional pharmaceutical and biotechnology hub. This report was prepared in response to a request from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Mauritius Institute of Biotechnology with the support of the EU Delegation of Mauritius. The ambition is to make this sector a key pillar of the economy and there is enormous benefits to exploit the potential of Mauritius.

WOMEN IN FINANCE IN MAURITIUS: Bridging the Gender Gap in Investment and Financial Services Sector in Mauritius

Although gender inequality in the workplace in Mauritius has roots in gender-biased conservative as well as patriarchal norms, values and culture, the issue of providing a psychologically safe workspace for women remains critical. Policymakers tend to focus on what is tangible, such as laws, policies and budgets. Yet, it is important not to neglect the invisible power of norms at the risk of missing a deeper understanding of social change.

Mobilizing Investment for Development with Catalytic Funding: Learning Brief

Catalytic funding is the provision of resources to an investment fund or vehicle designed to mitigate risk and improve the fund's overall viability to attract new investment for development goals. These intermediaries pool resources and distribute risks among investors and are a primary vehicle for blended finance. In many markets in which USAID is present, funds or financial vehicles capable of addressing USAID priorities are few in number and/or too small or inexperienced to make an impact at the needed scale.

Private Sector Engagement (PSE): Checklist Tool for Identifying Bottlenecks & Root Causes in Partnership Processes

This tool was developed to help facilitate an intentional, timely and systematic way to monitor the partnership's processes and reduce collaborative challenges that partners typically face in such engagements. This tool aims to provide a starting point for those involved in the partnership/ engagement to identify any 'red flags' or signs such as slowing down of the partnership processes, slow progress, frustration among partners. These are indications of 'collaborative inertia'.

Private Sector Engagement (PSE): Assessing Partnering Experience

This questionnaire was developed to regularly assess private sector partner’s partnering experience throughout the PSE Lifecycle. This survey can be used as a pulse check as it allows partners to self-assess whether they are having a positive or negative partnering experience at a moment-in-time, and should be followed up with constructive dialogue to address any issues identified from the survey results.

Designing Private Sector Engagement Workbook: Addendum to USAID's Theory of Change Workbook

This design workbook should be used collaboratively among USAID, private sector partners, implementing partners and other stakeholders who might be involved in the PSE activities. The purpose of this workbook is to incorporate their perspectives and potentially help identify any assumptions, risks or unintended consequences that the private sector engagement activity could encounter.

Understanding Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Processes Using Eight (8) Field-Based Case Studies

These case studies are not written as success stories, which are more typical in international development. The purpose of these case studies is to showcase the complex, iterative processes that are typically used while exploring, formulating and implementing these partnerships. These case studies present the narrative story of the partnership from a process perspective, including different external events or internal changes that resulted in challenges or bottlenecks in the process and impacted the partnership's progress and planned outcomes.

With an ID in Hand, Women Have More Economic Opportunities

With a legal identification - like a passport or a national ID card - women and girls have a wider range of economic opportunities. Without one, women generally remain in the informal sector without legal protection, access to formal financial services, government entrepreneurship programmes, or the ability to bid on public tenders. It is almost impossible to, for example, register a business or secure land tenure without proof of ID. However, with an ID in hand, women can secure work in the formal sector, register and grow their businesses, and secure property rights.

U.S. Trade Capacity Building Case Study: Bangladesh

Bangladesh has developed significantly in the 50 years since its founding in 1971. It is now globally recognized as a rapidly growing economy with vast market potential. The United States, in the same period, has funded over $9.5 billion in support of Bangladesh’s development and has become Bangladesh’s largest trading partner.