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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.

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.

Tools & Methodologies for Collaborating with Lead Firms: A Practitioner’s Manual

By addressing the practical issues of implementation through examples and lessons learned, Tools & Methodologies for Collaborating with Lead Firms: A Practitioner’s Manual offers practitioners effective methods to facilitate private sector initiatives that lead to improved and expanded delivery of needed products, services, and markets to Micro, Small, and Medium Scale Enterprise (MSMEs) in a commercially viable and sustainable manner.

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: