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Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives With the Private Sector

USAID engages with many stakeholders, including those in the private sector, to increase the impact of its development efforts and accelerate development progress. Multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) are one key collective-action approach that USAID, working with others, has supported to address highly complex problems.

Enduring Results Study 3.0 Summary Report

The Enduring Results summary report assesses what drives enduring or sustained results in partnerships with USAID and the private sector. The report demonstrates how these partnerships can realize the market solutions that create impact beyond USAID funding.

USAID Private Sector Engagement Policy

Private sector engagement (PSE) is fundamental to our goal to end the need for foreign assistance. This policy is a call to action for staff from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and our partners to embrace market-based approaches as a more-sustainable way to support communities in achieving development and humanitarian outcomes at scale. This is based on our premise that private enterprise is one of the most powerful forces for lifting lives, strengthening communities, and accelerating countries to self-reliance.

Enduring Results Study 3.0 Summary Report

USAID recognizes that the private sector is a critical stakeholder in driving and sustaining outcomes capable of moving countries beyond the need for assistance. Today, the private sector is playing an unprecedented role in creating and shaping opportunities that improve the lives of the people and communities USAID supports. USAID has, therefore, committed to a major cultural and operational transformation in the way development programs are conceived, designed, and delivered – emphasizing collaboration, co-designing, and co-financing with the private sector.

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.   

Launch of Certification Process on AIMS in Peru

Since 2019, the International Labor Organization (ILO) has implemented technical cooperation projects aimed at strengthening the socioeconomic and labor integration of migrants and refugees from Venezuela in Peru, with a focus on the inclusion of Peruvians in vulnerable conditions and the promotion of social cohesion.

The State of Covered Horticulture in Lebanon

This survey of 200 covered horticulture farmers, 100 horticulture workers and 20 wholesalers in Akkar and Baalbek-Hermel was conducted in March 2020 with several objectives in mind. First and foremost, it was conducted to serve as a baseline for the AIMS component of ILO PROSPECTS in Lebanon, against which progress and impact of the programme component will be measured.

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.

Implementing a Total Market Approach for Family Planning Products: Lessons from Tanzania

The SHOPS Plus project supported its partners in Tanzania in adopting a total market approach to strengthen the country’s family planning market. This case study documents the strategy that the project used to build capacity among public and private sector stakeholders to effectively coordinate at national and subnational levels with the goal of strengthening markets. It highlights lessons and implementation tips that other countries can apply to pursue similar efforts in their own family planning programs.

Digitizing and Contracting Private Practices to Sustain Family Planning: Lessons from Kenya

Private providers in Kenya, including numerous small and medium practices, have the potential to attract and retain clients, increase revenues, operate more efficiently, and contribute to universal health coverage by digitizing operations and participating in health financing programs. Both actions aim to sustain scaled-up provision of health services, including family planning, in the private health sector while reducing financial barriers for clients.

A Local Certification System in Georgia: Steppingstones to Meeting Market Demands

This brief focuses on the role of certification schemes for agricultural products by tracking the creation of Georgian Good Agricultural Practices (GeoGAP. GeoGAP is a scaled-down version of the internationally recognized Global Good Agricultural Practices (GLOBALG.A.P.) and helps meet local demand for safe, traceable food. The certification was created by the Georgian Farmers’ Association with support from the USAID-funded, Zrda Activity which is implemented by Chemonics.

Horizon Kenya: Exploring trends set to shape the future in Kenya

The Horizon Kenya Trends Report was produced by Gatsby Africa, Msingi, and Kenya Markets Trust, seeking to provide a snapshot of some of the key trends impacting the region. It synthesises global, regional and country-level data and research, complemented by targeted intelligence-gathering from our strong networks in East Africa.

Catalyzing Finance For Climate Action

Catalyzing private finance for climate action is essential to achieving goals for limiting global warming. USAID can play a pivotal role in climate action across partner countries by increasing funding for activities that catalyze and crowd in private capital to climate-focused investments. In order to highlight the opportunities that can result from climate finance, USAID INVEST is sharing insights and analysis via a learning brief and case studies that examine the role of USAID and other donors in mobilizing capital for climate action.

Advancing Family Planning Access and Use through Social Enterprises: Lessons from the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund

SHOPS Plus project conducted a longitudinal study with 3 of the 16 grantees of the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund, a challenge fund that identified and supported private sector solutions to address family planning and other health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa under the SHOPS project from 2013 to 2015. The study examined how grantees have increased access to family planning products and services since the end of the fund, and its findings document the value of investing in private sector social enterprises as a means of increasing access to family planning.