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LEAP III 2020 Strategic Review of the USAID PACE Initiative

In 2013, USAID launched the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative to catalyze private-sector investment to enable the growth of small and growing businesses (SGBs) operating in emerging economies. PACE-funded activities bridge the pioneering gap by 1) investing in early-stage enterprises, 2) encouraging approaches that combine private capital and philanthropy, 3) researching and sharing lessons learned, 4) testing ways to incubate entrepreneurs and connecting them with investors, and 5) making lending to entrepreneurs less risky through guarantees.

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?

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.

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.

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.