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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.

Clean Energy Lending Toolkit

The Clean Energy Lending Toolkit (CELT) describes procedures and shares case studies to help the financial industry determine the profitability and viability of lending to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises, energy companies and project implementers.

The Cartoon Learning Series

Working with EcoVentures International, LEO tested new methods for introducing development project staff to market systems development concepts and practices.

New Trends in Value Chain Upgrading: Lessons from Large and Small Countries (Event Resources)

This presentation highlights new findings on global value chain (GVC) upgrading in large and small economies. Drawing on emerging research, Gary Gereffi discusses several factors related to new trends in GVC upgrading, including state policy and a re-emphasis on the domestic market, the regionalization of value chains, and the role of shifting end markets for developing country exporters. He talks about these trends in the context of Brazil and Costa Rica, as seen in three manufacturing industries.

Viewing Value Chain and Household Finance From a Demand Perspective (Event Resources)

Financial access can be critical to reducing hunger and poverty in three ways. First, financial access for agricultural value chain development is needed throughout the value chain to achieve broad-based economic growth for low-income households. Second, diversification out of agriculture is a hallmark of economic growth, but rural entrepreneurs require financial access in order to invest in non-farm enterprises.