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Getting Employment to Work: A Playbook for the Field

The purpose of this playbook is to provide the user with clear and concise guidance on incorporating the USAID Employment Framework into their programming. Employment is a crucial link between two key dimensions of a country’s capacity for self-reliance: the capacity of its people and of its economic institutions.  

International Border Agency Cooperation: A Practical Reference Guide

The World Trade Organization (WTO)’s recently adopted Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) calls for various types of cross-border cooperation and communication between Customs and the other border agencies of WTO members. Other multilateral and bilateral international agreements also authorize international cooperation between border agencies. 

Capacity Building Guide for Good Regulatory Practices: Considerations for Development Practitioners

In developing countries, incoherent regulatory environments can undermine economic growth by impeding competition and innovation, discouraging business development, and precluding trade and investment opportunities. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) require a regulatory environment that provides certainty and the rule of law for investors while allowing entrepreneurs and established businesses to innovate, expand their domestic and international markets, improve productivity, and generate profits.

Improving Customs and Trade Facilitation in the Context of Domestic Resource Mobilization a Practical Guide for USAID Missions

The main purpose of this document is to provide Mission staff with an understanding of the role of customs and trade facilitation in strengthening domestic resource mobilization (DRM) and practical tips for project design and implementation in these areas. In addition, this guide hopes to support Mission personnel in their efforts to constructively engage and co-design with host country governments in two important ways. First, it will provide a base-level grounding in important concepts, principles, and interventions.

PSE Opportunities Tool Response Template

Because the development of PSE activities is iterative and informed by context and opportunities, documenting the rationale and scope of activity is helpful. The PSE Opportunities Tool template provides space to record the data and analysis that was used to work through each sub-question.

PSE Opportunities Tool

This three-page document interprets each of the five PSE Policy Questions and provides sub-questions to stimulate ideas, discussions, and creative approaches to solving the development or humanitarian challenge.

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.

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.

ASPIRES Family Care Qualitative Research Report

This report discusses the findings of research into the role economic strengthening plays in preventing unnecessary family-child separation and supporting the reintegration of formerly separated children into family care.

ASPIRES Family Care Summary Research Report

This report discusses the findings of research into how economic strengthening (ES) interventions can help prevent unnecessary separation of children from families as well as support the reintegration into family care of children who were already separated.