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LEAP III Belarus I3 Performance Evaluation

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Belarus requested the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project III (LEAP III) team to conduct a performance evaluation of the Increasing Private Sector Competitiveness through Improving the Enabling Environment, Improving Management and Operational Capacity, and Increasing Access to Finance (I3) project, implemented by several local Belarusian and American implementing partners.

LEAP III Ex-Post Evaluation of USAID/Zambia’s PROFIT+

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Zambia requested the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis III project (LEAP III) to conduct an ex-post evaluation of the Production, Finance, and Improved Technology Plus (PROFIT+) project, which was implemented from 2012 to 2017. The objective of PROFIT+ was to improve productivity, expand trade, and increase investments by developing functional market systems in rural areas.

LEAP III YES-Georgia Midterm Evaluation

This report presents the results of a mid-term performance evaluation of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Supporting Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Program (YES-Georgia). The USAID/Georgia Economic Growth (EG) Office and Strategic and Program Office (SPO) requested the USAID-funded Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III) conduct a mid-term performance evaluation of YES-Georgia, implemented by Crystal Fund. The Crystal Fund is a local entity based in Tbilisi, Georgia and meets all criteria under USAID’s New Partner Initiative (NPI).

Amazon Vision 2020 Report

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce the publication of its Amazon Vision 2020 Report and its summary, an update on the strategy to support communities in the Amazon region. Climate change, illegal deforestation, and other large-scale activities, and economic pressures all threaten the region and the women, men, and children who live there.

The Nature of Conservation Enterprises

Small enterprise development is a common approach used by development organizations in biodiversity conservation, agriculture, and other economic growth strategies to generate increased income for rural communities. It is assumed that these benefits will lead participants to change behaviors related to agricultural practices or to natural resource exploitation, or that improved livelihoods will lead to better human development outcomes.

Private Sector Engagement Evidence Gap Map

The Evidence Gap Map could just as easily be called the “Evidence Map”, meaning that it is a visual representation of existing evidence, using a matrix of USAID’s conceptualization of PSE means and value propositions that both the private sector and development actors offer. We hope that by compiling this evidence in one place with a number of filter and search features, we will help facilitate the use of evidence.

A Research and Learning Agenda for the Impact of Financial Inclusion

Over recent years millions of people who had been excluded from formal financial services have gained access to financial accounts. While this is a step forward, low use and inactivity keeps account dormancy rates persistently high. In light of this, the financial inclusion community is renewing its efforts to understand the role financial services play in the lives of poor people and how financial services can improve their well-being.  We are asking the questions: Financial inclusion for what? What should we invest in? What are the promising welfare-enhancing solutions?

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. 

A Pragmatic Approach to Assessing System Change

These papers outline a process that programs can use to assess system changes regularly and practically. The 'Overview' summarises the approach and 'How to put it into practice' provides more detailed implementation guidance, worked examples, and useful tips.

Research on Women Sales Agents in Indonesia Conducted by PRISMA

Indonesian women’s roles in agriculture tend to be less visible and are frequently overlooked by agricultural input companies, government extension workers and even development programs. Unsurprisingly, gender considerations are largely absent from agricultural marketing activities and direct sales agent (DSA) models. To understand and address this gap, PRISMA conducted research on 10 agricultural sector partners and their respective DSA programs.

Women's Entrepreneurship Diagnostic

This tool, developed by USAID, helps to prioritize the binding constraints for women entrepreneurs in a given country, especially at the SME level.

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.