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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.

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 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.

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.

Zimbabwe Employment Market Opportunity Analysis

The ASPIRES Zimbabwe DREAMS Job Demand Market Analysis lays out a strategy to support youth employment and microenterprise development programs that place adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in jobs or self-employment, building on a comprehensive job demand market analysis tailored to the situation of AGYW in Zimbabwe.

Market Systems Resilience Measurement Resources

Market Systems Resilience: A Framework for Measurement This USAID Framework document focuses on resilience at the systems level. It looks at markets as complex adaptive systems in order to better understand how market systems respond to shocks and stresses. It then explores the characteristics of market systems resilience and proposes a theory of change for how to strengthen market system resilience capacities. Included in this resource is a tool for assessing market system resilience.

CGAP Smallholder Families Data Hub

Check out this resource from The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global partnership of organizations seeking to advance financial inclusion. These interactive dashboards provide easy access to data drawn from six countries.

Innovating the Future of Food Systems

GKI's new report, supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, examines the innovations need to reduce post-harvest loss and transform food systems in emerging markets over the next 20 years.

Digital Financial Services for Agriculture: Opportunities in Bangladesh

This infographic outlines some of the key opportunities for introducing digital financial services to agricultural value chain actors in Bangladesh. It is based on findings from a more detailed assessment entitled Integrating Digital Financial Services into Agricultural Value Chains: A Bangladesh Market Landscape Assessment. 

The Cartoon Learning Series

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