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Getting Employment to Work for Self-Reliance: A USAID Framework for Programming

This employment framework helps USAID staff and development partners understand employment challenges in USAID host countries and design interventions that support more and better jobs for all. It describes the relationships between employment, economic development, and greater self-reliance in developing countries; provides a guide for diagnosing employment challenges; and recommends interventions to support employment and skills to navigate employment opportunities.  

Getting Employment to Work: A Playbook for the Field

The purpose of this playbook is to provide the user with clear and concise guidance on incorporating the USAID Employment Framework into their programming. Employment is a crucial link between two key dimensions of a country’s capacity for self-reliance: the capacity of its people and of its economic institutions.  

International Border Agency Cooperation: A Practical Reference Guide

The World Trade Organization (WTO)’s recently adopted Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) calls for various types of cross-border cooperation and communication between Customs and the other border agencies of WTO members. Other multilateral and bilateral international agreements also authorize international cooperation between border agencies. 

Capacity Building Guide for Good Regulatory Practices: Considerations for Development Practitioners

In developing countries, incoherent regulatory environments can undermine economic growth by impeding competition and innovation, discouraging business development, and precluding trade and investment opportunities. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) require a regulatory environment that provides certainty and the rule of law for investors while allowing entrepreneurs and established businesses to innovate, expand their domestic and international markets, improve productivity, and generate profits.

Customs Internal Affairs Human Resources Guide

The Customs Internal Affairs Human Resources Guide was commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) Center for Economics and Market Development (EMD). This guide is intended to support the development and improvement of Internal Affairs (IA) units within Customs agencies worldwide. It is built with the recognition that IA units face unique hiring, training, and retention challenges, and it aims to provide a collection of resources and recommendations from experienced experts.  

Improving Customs and Trade Facilitation in the Context of Domestic Resource Mobilization a Practical Guide for USAID Missions

The main purpose of this document is to provide Mission staff with an understanding of the role of customs and trade facilitation in strengthening domestic resource mobilization (DRM) and practical tips for project design and implementation in these areas. In addition, this guide hopes to support Mission personnel in their efforts to constructively engage and co-design with host country governments in two important ways. First, it will provide a base-level grounding in important concepts, principles, and interventions.

The Trade Facilitation Agreement: A World of Opportunities For MSMEs

While Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are widely acknowledged to contribute to the economic growth of a country, their participation in international trade has been constrained because they typically lack the skills, knowledge of international markets, and familiarity with border procedures to effectively engage in the global economy.

Guide to Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses

Significant improvements in access to information technology (IT) and Internet connectivity have dramatically increased opportunities for businesses around the world. However, the increased connectivity also creates new risks. As businesses rely more on digital tools, these tools create potential vulnerabilities to ever-evolving cyber threats.

Human Resources for Customs Internal Affairs Units

The Customs Internal Affairs Human Resources Guide was commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) Center for Economics and Market Development (EMD). This guide is intended to support the development and improvement of Internal Affairs (IA) units within Customs agencies around the world. It is built with the recognition that IA units face unique challenges with hiring, training, and retention, and it aims to provide a collection of resources and recommendations from experienced experts.

Optimizing the Impact of Trade Facilitation: Engaging Border Communities

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has a long history of designing and implementing trade facilitation (TF) programs that can have a significant positive impact on national economies, but the organization has done relatively little research on how to ensure that the border communities closest to these reforms also benefit.

BD4FS and Businesses Form Winning Partnerships to Build a Food Safety Compliant Chain

The Senegal poultry industry has experienced significant growth since 2005 when the country halted imports due to an avian flu outbreak affecting many countries. This exceptional situation played an important role in securing investments, increasing local poultry meat production, and facilitating the vertical integration of poultry activities. A large industry has developed and now dominates the market with Senegalese companies comprising all links in the value chain from breeding and input supply to high-value-added processed products. 

PSE Opportunities Tool Response Template

Because the development of PSE activities is iterative and informed by context and opportunities, documenting the rationale and scope of activity is helpful. The PSE Opportunities Tool template provides space to record the data and analysis that was used to work through each sub-question.

PSE Opportunities Tool Use Cases

Three case studies, based on USAID PSE activities, have been compiled to demonstrate how you might approach each sub-question in the PSE Opportunities Tool. The illustrative cases describe a quinoa market development activity in Peru; the development of independent media companies in Serbia; and improved sanitation in a Kenyan refugee settlement.

PSE Opportunities Tool User Guide

The User Guide provides detailed steps for analyzing all sub-questions, with specific data sources and stakeholders to speak with. This document also helps identify key constraints to the private sector (and how to diagnose them) as well as illustrative roles for USAID to play in any PSE opportunity that will help mitigate or alleviate those constraints.

PSE Opportunities Tool

This three-page document interprets each of the five PSE Policy Questions and provides sub-questions to stimulate ideas, discussions, and creative approaches to solving the development or humanitarian challenge.

USAID Climate Strategy 2022-2030

Climate change is a global crisis. As temperatures and sea levels rise, people around the world are increasingly seeing heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones, and wildfires upend their lives. The effects of climate change are not equal – they disproportionately impact the poorest and most marginalized communities USAID works to support every day. Climate change affects virtually everything that USAID does and threatens the development progress it has supported over more than 60 years.

Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment - USAID INVEST Fact Sheet

Throughout the world, widespread gender gaps in financial inclusion and economic empowerment negatively affect the lives of women and hinder economic growth. Recognizing an urgent need to close these gaps, USAID INVEST (INVEST) alongside the USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (USAID/GenDev) has built a $23 million portfolio of activities to advance women’s economic empowerment. The following fact sheet takes a look at USAID/GenDev and INVEST's approaches to advancing women's economic empowerment, as well as their partners, activities, and objectives under the portfolio. 

Food Safety Assessment of Senegalese Markets through Mobile App Technology

Inadequate food handling practices and poor infrastructure across supply chains increase health risks to consumers, in addition to being root causes of pre-consumer loss and waste in the overall food system. Feed the Future Business Drivers for Food Safety (BD4FS), implemented by Food Enterprise Solutions (FES) and funded by USAID, is a multi-country effort that works alongside agrifood actors to codesign and implement incentive-based strategies to accelerate the adoption of food safety practices in local food systems.

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.