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Advocacy Manual: Guiding CSOs to Empower Women Entrepreneurs

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are in a position to foster collaboration among stakeholders, influence agenda-setting, and hold local governments accountable. CSOs must, therefore, have tools and skills that are appropriate for influencing government policies and budgets.

Exploring Savings-Linked Microinsurance for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

This Technical Guidance Brief series was commissioned by ASPIRES, through FHI 360, to explore the state of the practice of microinsurance, with an emphasis on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) households. The Evidence Base Report on Microinsurance for Orphans and Vulnerable Children identified a number of knowledge gaps in the literature that have formed the basis for a series of four technical guidance briefs (TGBs), covering:  1) The role of microinsurance in the social protection space;

OVC-Relevant Health Microinsurance

This Technical Guidance Brief series was commissioned by ASPIRES, through FHI 360, to explore the state of the practice of microinsurance, with an emphasis on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) households. The Evidence Base Report on Microinsurance for Orphans and Vulnerable Children identified a number of knowledge gaps in the literature that have formed the basis for a series of four technical guidance briefs (TGBs), covering:  1) The role of microinsurance in the social protection space;

The Role of Microinsurance vis-a-vis Other Social Protection Mechanisms for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

This Technical Guidance Brief series was commissioned by ASPIRES, through FHI 360, to explore the state of the practice of microinsurance, with an emphasis on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) households. The Evidence Base Report on Microinsurance for Orphans and Vulnerable Children identified a number of knowledge gaps in the literature that have formed the basis for a series of four technical guidance briefs (TGBs), covering:  1) The role of microinsurance in the social protection space;

Agent Banking Infosheet: NRB Commercial Bank

This two-page publication provides an overview of the agent banking services offered by NRB Commercial Bank in Bangladesh for corporate users. It includes steps for setting up a corporate account, details on pricing and transaction limits, brief examples of how other organizations are using their service, and contact information for their corporate sales. It is one of a series of Infosheets intended to help USAID implementing partners better understand the options that exist for digital financial services in Bangladesh.

The Firm to Farm Finance Toolkit

The Firm to Farm Finance (F2FF) toolkit aims to codify and use the learning of iDE-Bangladesh’s successful rural business credit (RBC) pilot experience to inform the research and development of innovative and promising access to finance solutions for low-income households and communities.

Themes & Takeaways from the "Local Content Ecosystem" Roundtable

Over the course of a day and a half in March 2014 in Washington, DC, USAID, Caribou Digital and FHI 360’s mSTAR project brought together a group of 20 thought leaders – including technology providers, UX design firms, content creation organizations, academia, project implementers, donors, and policymakers – to discuss the lack of locally relevant content for mobile and digital technologies around the following: (a) content value chain (creation, curation, localization, packaging and distribution), and (b) rules and responsibilities for different stakeholders in the international development

Youth Inclusive Value Chain Analysis and Development: A Concise Handbook

Inclusive value chain development does not require a radically different way of thinking than traditional value chain development. It does, however, require understanding that a traditional value chain analysis will not tell us everything we need to know and that value chain its nature. Youth have a different set of opportunities and face different (additional) constraints from other value chain actors.

Using Value Chain Approaches in Agribusiness and Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

This guide by JE Austin for the World Bank presents a range of concepts and tools with good, detailed case studies and examples to illustrate methodologies. It is a good source of definitions and distinctions between various concepts such as supply chain, value chain, and cluster, and includes a literature review (which mentions some AMAP publications).

Chain-Wide Learning for Inclusive Agrifood Market Development

The purpose of this guide is to provide analytical tools for promoting engagement among governments, businesses and civil society to bring about policy change that enhances opportunities for small-scale producers in markets in which power is increasingly concentrated. It contains a detailed explanation of the approach as well as tips, guides, activities, etc for facilitating workshops with stakeholders.

Donor Interventions in Value Chain Development

"Donor Interventions in Value Chain Development" guide is similar to USAID’s approach in its focus on changing behavior and avoiding market distortion. The value chain framework is almost identical. To move from analysis to intervention, the approach takes the following as starting points: