Fostering an Investment-Friendly Climate in Pakistan

The Pakistan Investment Promotion Activity (IPA) is funded by USAID to support investment in Pakistan by attracting investors, assisting their entry and establishment in the country, securing their retention, and fostering links internally. The activity has four principal objectives. These include addressing the business-enabling regulatory environment for investment promotion, reforming institutional policies including the ease…

Creating a Dynamic Environment for Research and Innovation Across Africa

Flourishing research and innovation systems spur inclusive economic growth and development. The Research and Information Systems in Africa (RISA) Fund aims to expand and reinforce national research and innovation systems in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania. From strengthening intellectual property systems to turning academic research into technology products and businesses, RISA works…

Guiding Principles for Integrating the Private Sector in Democracy and Governance

The intractable challenges associated with effective, sustainable, fully financed service delivery and community improvement require a more comprehensive approach to financing. Budget shortfalls, misused public funds, and the absence of innovative and responsive policies also erode trust in democratic systems in a world increasingly contending with nondemocratic movements. This blog post examines the merits of…

Growing Uganda’s Investment Ecosystem

Abundant natural resources, dynamic energy and agricultural markets, and a free market economy with few limits on foreign investment make Uganda a potentially attractive market for investors. With no shortage of domestic and foreign capital resources, the country is also seeing the emergence of business development and transactions advisory services that match investors with investees…

Promoting Innovation Through New Technologies in Moldova

In the global context of the COVID-19 pandemic, new consumer trends and digitization are reshaping markets and firms. Several high-potential economic sectors in Moldova have an opportunity to pivot their recovery and emerge from the pandemic stronger and more successful than before. The Moldova Future Technologies Activity (FTA), funded by USAID and Sweden continues the…

USAID DRC Investment Activity Fact Sheet

USAID’s DRC Investment Activity will create an investment facilitation platform that links companies established in the DRC with a range of finance providers who have an appetite for new investments, with a particular focus in eastern DRC. By cultivating a pipeline of high-potential businesses across sectors, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, off-grid energy, and…

Addressing Instability Through Inclusive, Community-Based Development

The USAID Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) activity addresses the conflict’s underlying drivers by building Iraq’s local communities’ resilience. Under the Business Competitiveness and Job Creation Initiative (BCJCI) and 100 Solutions for Stability Task Orders, DCEO bolsters community members’ ability to advocate for the changes their communities need and supports private sector networks to…

Dependable Water and Sanitation Services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), people living in peri-urban regions lack adequate water services. Unlike services in the rural and urban areas, peri-urban water services are fragmented. Government responsibilities for it are unclear, while mandates go unfunded. In the country’s Kasai Oriental and Lomami provinces, the 2.5 million peri-urban residents rely on…

Matchmaking Businesses and Investors in DRC

Factors like poor governance, low institutional capacity, a variety of languages, and corruption present a challenging environment for businesses in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Yet, in frontier and conflict markets like eastern DRC, finding promising businesses and helping them grow is an effective way to create jobs and drive inclusive growth. With its…

Building Back Better Through Trade

This post originally appeared on British Expertise International’s blog. Governments are looking to trade to breathe life back into their beleaguered economies. Allowing goods to move safely and efficiently across borders into businesses and consumers hands is vital to restoring faith in markets and stemming rising unemployment. But restoring trade to previous levels is not…

Final Report: Vietnam Governance for Inclusive Growth Program (GIG)

This final report highlights the Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) program, aimed at strengthening governance, expanding access to quality higher education, addressing threats to health and the environment, and improving opportunities for vulnerable groups. The report discusses the program’s continuous, adaptive technical assistance and summarizes GIG’s successes and lessons learned for program design. It also…

Final Report: Kosovo Partnerships for Development

The Kosovo Partnerships for Development (KPD) project’s final report covers how it implemented its scope of work by completing significant reform-driven initiatives. These objectives were to improve the business environment and the implementation of construction reforms, and to enhance the country’s macroeconomic stability and public financial management (PFM) at the central and local level. Despite…