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Despite the demand for vulnerability assessment for targeting purposes, there remains no standard definition or method of measuring vulnerability for economic strengthening (ES) interventions in USAID/PEPFAR guidance materials. The purpose of this literature review is to propose a set of guidelines...
The Intervention Guide for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) provides guidance to donors and implementers of agricultural market development programs on how to translate into practice the evidence and insights gained from the WEAI survey results. This is the second edition of this...
February 9, 2016 11:24 AM
The USAID/Zambia-funded PROFIT project was a $15 million, five-year (2005–2010) project implemented by Cooperative League of the USA (CLUSA), International Development Enterprises (iDE), and Emerging Markets Group (EMG). The project had three goals (Snodgrass & Woller, 2006): Improve the...
In areas frequently exposed to unpredictable changes in climate, food prices, government policies, conflict, and livestock/crop disease, PRIME seeks to strengthen the systems within which vulnerable households live by facilitating change through local entities and the private sector. PRIME’s...
Child malnutrition is a pervasive problem in sub-Saharan Africa that affects individual and national development. This article examines the impact of participation in village savings and loan (VSL) groups, alone and in combination with a rotating labor scheme called Ajuda Mútua (AM), on household...
May 26, 2015 3:56 PM
The Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project learning agenda incorporates interrelated and mutually informative research topics that respond to the objective of supporting missions and implementers in improving the performance of market systems to generate growth, and to structure that...
“We’ve identified that we have the same challenges within our projects... For us, it was good to hear that we’re hurting in the same place and comforting to see that we have the same ideas to try and tackle these problems. We plan to continue sharing more learning between our projects in this way...
Individual smallholder farmers cultivate two hectares of land or less, but as a group, they are an economic force: An estimated 500 million smallholders feed close to 2 billion people worldwide. How can the private sector access this vast smallholder market to improve both livelihoods and...
In August 2013, LIFT conducted a study in Balaka District, Malawi to assess the utility of a diagnostic tool to help service providers make efficient, effective, and appropriate referrals–a critical piece of the project’s goal to build the continuum of care for people living with HIV and other...
In late 2012, Oxfam and WFP undertook joint research to understand how humanitarian agencies are engaging with markets. This brief represents the views of Oxfam and WFP on the main findings of this research and from other ongoing initiatives.