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Egypt’s private sector is highly developed, employing approximately 70 percent of the country’s labor force. A dynamic and young population, large market size, and access to important foreign markets drive Egypt’s enormous economic potential. Despite this progress, significant obstacles dampen the country’s ability to recognize its potential for economic growth. Most micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) operate informally, and they contribute less than 30 percent to gross domestic product (GDP). The country has a complex and burdensome legal and regulatory system.
To build upon the customs modernization reforms currently being undertaken by the Customs Authority in Timor-Leste, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III), on behalf of USAID/Timor-Leste, assessed the current operational and legal environment within the customs sector. The review sought, inter alia, to determine the Authority’s adherence to international norms and best practices, with a particular focus on trade facilitation.
USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” (Clean Gold), is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project aims to establish a responsible, commercially viable and conflict-free ASM gold supply chain from eastern DRC. A key objective for achieving the project’s vision is to increase demand for and co-investment in responsibly sourced ASM gold from eastern DRC.
Widespread adoption of food traceability systems (FTS) holds the potential to provide several benefits for agricultural market systems, including mitigating food safety risks, improving market access and increasing productivity gains. Improvements in supply chain transparency from FTS adoption can also lead to an expansion of mutually beneficial trade between countries.
To bring clearer understanding of the problems of women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), USAID/E3/GenDev requested Banyan Global to conduct a women’s economic empowerment and gender equality (WEEGE) assessment in the area of cross-border trade, focusing on three questions: a) to what extent is women’s economic empowerment and gender equality integrated into customs and border agency services, operations, and personnel management, across various functions; b) how WEEGE gaps in services affect women participating in trade; and c) how processes, procedures, infrastructure, and
This blog post introduces the USAID-funded CVCFG (Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold) project, which aims to establish a responsibly-sourced, artisanal gold supply chain that originates in eastern DRC.
This report provides donors and investors, as well as charitable initiatives and organizations, with answers to the two following questions: How can systems change across the world be financed more effectively? How can change be better supported for the benefit of society?
The aim of this project was to support firms in profitably breaking into the smallholder seeds markets in Mozambique through the development of their own CBSP sales and distribution systems, and to support them in selling seed to at least 12,000 smallholder farmers.
The work by USAID/Burma’s Value Chains for Rural Development project (VCRD, or “the project”) in Myanmar’s soybean value chain is a story of the nationwide revival of soybeans, a key domestic food security crop.
This post highlights a resource from USAID/Bangladesh about the Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) project that used a market systems approach and forged partnerships with over 40 influential private sector firms.
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.
This synthesis paper reviews 20 years of our research and focuses on the increasing socioeconomic differentiation in selected pastoralist areas, and the implications in terms of pathways to resilience.
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.
This report analyzes 20 enterprises serving the BOP across multiple sectors to determine which characteristics help them to be more successful, assessing factors such as asset intensity, push vs pull products, and the types of income segments served.
Microinsurance solutions for climate change, focusing on pioneering ideas in the way microinsurance is being designed and offered and highlighting key lessons learned from a range of different programs and initiatives.
The Agricultural Value Chains Insights: Opportunities in Bangladesh event was held on November 22, 2016 at the Amari Hotel in Dhaka. It was co-hosted by USAID’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, implemented by FHI 360, and USAID’s Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) project, implemented by DAI. The event was attended by 50 participants from 30 organizations.