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…

Wayne Lifshitz

Wayne Lifshitz is an entrepreneurial senior leader, systems-thinker, business strategist, and strategic connector with more than 20 years of cross-cutting experience in Big 5 consulting, start-up, nonprofit, federal, and social enterprise sectors. He is currently a Senior Director in Asia for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project and acted…

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…

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…

The Case for Youth Engagement in the Program Design Process

As global development professionals, we need to recognize that today’s world leaders don’t fit the narrow definitions of previous generations. We typically think of leaders as those with long-established power, while we ignore influential, often young, individuals like small-scale farmers and healthcare workers, community organizers and policy advocates. Today, integrating youth engagement in program design…

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…

Mauricio Moscoso

Mauricio Moscoso currently serves as the chief of party for Peru Institutional Strengthening Partnership for DEVIDA. He has over 15 years of experience in consulting, designing, and implementing economic development projects in Latin-American, Asia, and Eurasia.  He has previously served as the general director of the Productive Development Department at the Ministry of Production in…

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker currently serves as the chief of party for the Punjab (Pakistan) Enabling Environment Project. Previously, he served as a home office project management director and was responsible for the technical, contractual, and financial oversight of a USAID-funded portfolio of three projects totaling $36.7 million. He also served as the deputy team lead and…

Developing Sustainable Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina has unique layers of history and one of Europe’s most distinguished natural landscapes. Yet, fractious governance, high unemployment, the low participation of women in the labor force, an aging population, and the emigration of skilled youth undercut the country’s prosperity. The tourism sector has the potential to address these challenges and catalyze…

Transforming Jordan’s Recycling Industry

Every day, Jordan’s Al Ghabawi landfill receives 3,200 tons of Amman’s waste. According to Greater Amman Municipality estimates, the commercial center generates at least 40 percent of this waste. Amman’s waste generation is climbing by more than 5 percent per year, and optimistic estimates peg Amman’s recycling rate at 7 percent, well below other cities…