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Analysis of the North American Jewelry Market

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.

ASPIRES Vulnerability Assessment Handbook for Economic Strengthening Projects

This handbook will assist practitioners and specialists in monitoring and evaluation in the selection of vulnerability assessment approaches for economic strengthening interventions. The focus is on programs for orphans and vulnerable children supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), where economic strengthening is used to increase resilience to negative HIV-related outcomes for children. The handbook is intended primarily for development programs in relatively stable contexts rather than emergency relief work.

Savings Groups and their Role in Child Wellbeing: A Primer for Donors

This document incorporates findings from recent impact evaluations and other research on savings groups with promising practices from field implementation. The document draws on research from the STRIVE (Supporting Transformation by Reducing Insecurity and Vulnerability with Economic Strengthening) program, as well as from other projects. STRIVE is an associate award under the FIELD-Support Leader with Associates (LWA) award, funded by the USAID Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF).

mSTAR Quarterly Report | Q3 FY14

The five-year Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) award is a broad, flexible, and responsive program designed to foster the rapid adoption and scale-up of mobile money, mobile access, and mobile data in developing countries.

A Field Manual for Subsector Practitioners

The manual gives step-by-step procedures on how to analyze subsectors in the economy, and explains how this can lead to the promotion of micro and small-scale enterprises (MSEs) which create livelihoods for the poor. Sub-sector analysis offers a framework to evaluate market dynamics and plan projects for cost-effective interventions including the supply of credit. Opportunities for intervention can then be undertaken by a local organization, NGO, or international donor agency. Components of the subsector approach include:

VEGA Annual Report 2010

VEGA's vision is to international efforts to combat poverty and promote sustainable economic growth in emerging markets.