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Role of Markets in Strengthening Social Resilience Capacities in Northeast Nigeria

This brief documents how a combination of livelihood support and economic collectives like village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) can develop financial and social sources of resilience in crisis contexts. In protracted crises, where the state has limited capacity or lacks the political will to provide for and protect its citizens, people rely on markets and social connections for protection, information, and economic resources. Resilience capacities such as agency and confidence in the future are equally important.

A Survey on COVID-19 Challenges and Responses Among Nepalese Food Businesses

In March 2021 FES began implementing its private sector food safety strategy in Nepal through Feed the Future Business Drivers for Food Safety (BD 4 FS), a project co created with and funded by USAID While implementing the BD4FS “Food Safety Situational Analysis”, the COVID 19 pandemic took a sharp turn for the worse in Nepal, almost completely shutting down the food system In response, the Government of Nepal imposed pre-emptive lockdown and prohibitory orders beginning March 2020 which led to widespread cessation of economic activities The impacts are pervasive, with small and medium size

Tracking the First- and Second-Order Impacts of COVID-19

In March 2021, the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (USAID/PPL) COVID Analytics Team prepared "Tracking the First- and Second-Order Impacts of COVID-19," a concise landscape analysis examining the pandemic's impacts across USAID sectors and regions after one year.  The analysis explores six broad areas -- the health crisis, macroeconomic and mobility shocks, household-level impacts, shifts in democratic governance and civic engagement, national security, and climate change -- and leverages the best available data from USAID and external institutions to unders

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.

Sauti Trade Insights COVID-19 Bulletin

COVID-19 has imposed extreme challenges for East Africa’s micro and small enterprise traders. The Sauti Trade Insights COVID-19 Bulletin leverages Sauti East Africa's unique analytical perspective to document traders’ changes in business behaviour in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We present key findings on the economic impacts of COVID-19 on traders, drawing on behavioural insights from our mobile-based market information platforms in Kenya and Rwanda. 

Learning Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Artisanal Gold Miners in Eastern DRC

USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project is designed to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe.

Shock Responsive Programming and Adaptive Mechanisms

This resource was originally published on Learning Lab. This guidance is intended to inform USAID staff, especially Mission project design and management teams and OAA staff, on options for designing flexible, shock responsive programs and as well as options to respond to shocks through existing development programs that were not designed with shock responsiveness in mind. 

COVID-19 Rapid Market Impact Report

This post shares a new report from Mercy Corps highlighting how government restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 has impacted businesses, supply chain, markets and local economies.

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.

Markets in Fragile Contexts Technical Resource Summary

EEFS' technical one-pager highlights learning from the full eastern DRC SeedCLIR report, two technical articles, and a global webinar to describe how development actors and policymakers can facilitate an improved enabling environment for seed in DRC through a phased approach.