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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. 

ASPIRES Evidence Briefs Series: Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Training and HIV Outcomes

Economic factors are linked to HIV risk behaviors, as well as outcomes, at every stage of the HIV care and treatment cascade. The ASPIRES project conducted an extensive review of the literature on these linkages to produce an evidence brief series highlighting how different household economic strengthening (HES) interventions may affect HIV prevention, testing, links to care, retention in care, and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence.

Report: Microenterprise and Pathways out of Poverty

As MFIs have become largely self-sustaining with capital from deposits from clients, impact investors, and capital markets, USAID has shifted the type of activities it funds to address other constraints to greater financial inclusion and economic opportunity for the poor and very poor.

USAID's Contribution to Microfinance

This paper describes the path that USAID followed in supporting the microfinance industry since its formation in the 1960s, primarily from the perspective of the USAID/Washington. USAID's efforts to support microfinance coalesced under the Microenterprise Initiative, which began in 1994. Under the Initiative, USAID created the USAID/Washington Office of Microenterprise Development, which became the Agency's focal point for microfinance programming providing technical direction and industry leadership.

Monitoring Facilitation Activities

This report describes the findings and recommendations from a joint LEO/MPEP/BFS TDY to support USAID/Uganda in 2014. The purpose was to assist Mission staff in improving monitoring approaches for facilitation activities.

Economic Strengthening for Female Sex Workers: A Review of the Literature

Female sex workers (FSWs) have been identified as a key population in the global fight against AIDS. In concentrated, mixed, and even generalized epidemics, the contribution of sex work toward the onward transmission of HIV is substantial.  HIV risk is directly related to the economic vulnerability of FSWs, the vast majority of whom report entering sex work for financial reasons due to lack of alternative employment opportunities.

Understanding Youth and their Financial Needs

This publication provides insights into the financial decision-making behaviors of youth at the client, market segmentation, and institutional levels and shows how these behaviors can inform the design of financial and education support services.

CARE’s Pathways to Empowerment

CARE’s Pathways program is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and substantially impact nutritional outcomes in sustainable ways.