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Lessons on Promoting Systemic Change in Shallow Markets

This paper explores how systemic change happens in shallow markets and the implications for market systems development practitioners. It is based on the experience and lessons learned by the Market Development Facility in Fiji, Timor-Leste and Pakistan.

State of the Small and Growing Business Sector Report

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) published its annual State of the Small and Growing Business Sector report. This is the first year that the report is fully digital and interactive, where you can filter data by region, support type, and more.

Business Environment Reform and Gender

Gender-sensitive reform of the complex conditions that govern business activities can positively impact women’s economic empowerment, support the fight against poverty and contribute to business and macroeconomic performance.

Evidence and Guidance on Women's Wage Employment

This report provides guidance on women’s employment and explores a number of investments that can be made to increase gender equity in labor markets and improve the terms and conditions of women’s employment.

Understanding the Financial Lives of Female Sex Workers

FHI 360 Associate Scientist Emily Namey presents the results of formative research conducted to understand the financial lives of female sex workers in Cote d'Ivoire. This research was conducted by the USAID-funded ASPIRES project. This presentation was made at the International AIDS Society Conference 2015.

Ensuring Escapes from Poverty are Sustained in Uganda

Combining analysis of UNPS data with qualitative approaches, this report examines why some households are able to escape poverty and remain out of it while others escape poverty only to return to living in it again in the future.

Intervention Guide for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI)

The Intervention Guide for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) provides guidance to donors and implementers of agricultural market development programs on how to translate into practice the evidence and insights gained from the WEAI survey results. This is the second edition of this guide. It has been updated to include more examples of how to implement the interventions, gender analysis questions, social and behavior change communication techniques, and more.

ASPIRES South Africa RCT Factsheet

At the request of the Prevention and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Team of the Health Development Office of USAID South Africa, FHI 360’s Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project is carrying out a 4-year, $10 million program to improve the long-term economic security and HIV prevention knowledge and skills of at-risk youth in South Africa.

ASPIRES South Africa Factsheet

The Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project, funded by USAID/PEPFAR and managed by FHI 360, supports gender-sensitive programming, research, and learning to improve the economic security of highly vulnerable individuals, families, and children. We offer research and technical assistance activities for economic strengthening programs around the world, including a major technical assistance program to support youth resilience to the effects of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Can village savings and loan groups be a potential tool in the malnutrition fight? Mixed methods findings from Mozambique

Child malnutrition is a pervasive problem in sub-Saharan Africa that affects individual and national development. This article examines the impact of participation in village savings and loan (VSL) groups, alone and in combination with a rotating labor scheme called Ajuda Mútua (AM), on household and child nutritional outcomes in Nampula Province in Mozambique. It combines findings from an impact evaluation and a qualitative exploration of the dynamics underlying nutritional outcomes. Three pairs of districts were randomly allocated to two interventions (VSL or VSL + AM) or control.

LEO Learning Day: Year 2

The 2015 LEO Learning Event brought together the leaders of LEO’s various research strands to take stock of what has been learned to date under LEO.