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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
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
A review of trends in modern contraceptive prevalence rates across low- and middle-income countries has led stakeholders to develop a normative S-shaped pattern for how family planning markets grow. In this model, low prevalence and little growth occur on one end, with high prevalence and low growth on the other, and a period of potentially rapid growth in between.
Many governments and donors support the use of public-private partnerships to distribute publicly managed commodities through the private health sector to overcome barriers to access for the full range of family planning methods. This brief draws on country experiences with commodity partnerships for family planning in Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania. It documents approaches used to place government-managed commodities into the hands of private providers and ultimately the women seeking the method.
A national health management information system (HMIS) is the foundation for effective oversight, management, and provision of health information, products, and services in a country. The private sector is often a significant source of health products and services, yet few countries have fully galvanized routine reporting by private health care providers.
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.
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.
This post introduces an April 2020 publication from ACDI/VOCA. Marginalized people become even more vulnerable in emergencies, which means that it’s important to consider how to incorporate a gender and social inclusion lens into our COVID-19 responses and adaptations.
In addition to its immediate adverse impact on women’s and girls’ health and education, the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to further exacerbate existing gender inequalities in economic opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
CARE’s experience points to massive market disruptions and food insecurity as a result of quarantine, restrictions on mobility, and a sudden diversion of additional resources into the immediate pandemic response.
This blog post highlights a resource from the SEEP Network that presents lessons learned on how to design and implement interventions that can pave the way for women’s digital financial empowerment across the MENA region and more widely.
The new "NTF4Ag: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers" report brings together key results, insights, and lessons from the case studies, pilots, and cross-cutting research conducted by MEDA and its partners from 2017-2020.
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.