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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.

Digitizing Worker Salary Payments: A Manual for Ready-made Garment Factories

This manual provides a blueprint for ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh, and those organizations supporting them, who are interested in using mobile financial services (MFS) to make salary payments to their workers. It includes background information on MFS, the possible benefits and challenges, and useful tips and checklists for implementing MFS salary payments. 

Integrating Mobiles Into Development Projects

FHI 360 and OpenRevolution, with funding and support from USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia through the mSTAR project, have launched the “Integrating Mobiles into Development Projects” handbook to address the over-excited, under-planned side of M4D deployment.

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: