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Strengthening Lebanon's Economy by Supporting Women Entrepreneurs 

07-Jul-2015 Categories: Lebanon Publications
Download Publication This case study highlights the experiences of nine Lebanese microfinance institutions who partnered with the Lebanon Investment in Microfinance Program (2009-2015) to ... read more
 

Agriculture Sector Strengthens and Afghan Women Advance 

17-Jun-2015 Categories: Afghanistan Our Impact
One woman's journey from fearful speaker to confident leader Najeba Karimi. Photo: USAID CBCMP-II With a largely agricultural economy, Afghanistan is working to build up its... read more
 

New Signed Agreement to Field Volunteers in China 

29-May-2015 Categories: China Volunteer Stories
On May 11, IESC and the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel (CAIEP) signed a formal agreement to field U.S. volunteer experts in China during 2015. This agreement advances the trilateral initiative... read more
 

IESC Awards 

26-May-2015 Categories: Afghanistan Cambodia Egypt Volunteer Stories
IESC Honors Volunteers and Staff for Service, Dedication, and Impact On May 13, IESC presented its annual awards to volunteers and staff for their service and dedication to improve lives and livelihoods around the world.... read more
 

Spice Market 

22-May-2015 Categories: Our Impact Sri Lanka Volunteer Stories

Sri Lanka produces some of the highest regarded cinnamon in the world, and it is estimated that the Sri Lankan cinnamon industry has the potential to reap economic benefits for more than 1.5 million people in a country of 20 million. But after years of civil war, Sri Lanka’s economy and the opportunities for the cinnamon industry to leverage its economic potential were stifled. The Facilitating Economic Growth Program (2009-2014) emerged in this context, launching only months after the civil war ended.

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Facilitating Economic Growth in Sri Lanka 

21-May-2015 Categories: Our Impact Sri Lanka

After years of civil war, Sri Lanka’s economy was struggling. The Facilitating Economic Growth Program (2009-2014) launched very soon after the war to revitalize Sri Lanka’s post-conflict economy through rapid, targeted technical assistance to businesses, industries, and business-related government agencies. IESC fielded a mix of consultants and volunteer experts on short-term assignments to the country. The program was funded by USAID through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA).

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Better Data, Bigger Impact 

14-May-2015 Categories: Cambodia Our Impact

In the digital era, the old saying “knowledge is power” might better be rendered as “information is power.” But as local NGOs in Cambodia are learning, even that is only partly correct. Accurate information is a first step to driving change. Data collection and data analysis, through effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E), are vital management tools for assessing organizational effectiveness and improving decision-making. For Cambodian NGOs, greater effectiveness and better decision-making lead to smart development interventions that yield greater impact.

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Yemen’s Liquid Gold 

07-May-2015 Categories: Our Impact Yemen

In Yemen’s Al-Haimah district, near the city of Sana’a, 40 beekeepers have struck gold. In March 2015, these 40 beekeepers of the Al-Ruqy Coffee and Honey Producers Association sold 187 pounds of honey, worth $2,125 U.S. dollars, to the Yemen Eyes for Agriculture Advisory and Exporting Company, or YEAS. The price they got per kilo, $25, is a 67 percent increase over what the beekeepers earned from their previous harvest.

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In Kazakhstan, Business Partnerships with U.S. Firms Prove Profitable 

31-Mar-2015 Categories: Kazakhstan
This story was originally published in the March/April 2015 edition of USAID’s Frontlines Magazine. Kazakhstani food processing entrepreneurs visited Kansas State University to... read more
 

Lebanon Establishes First Microfinance Association 

17-Mar-2015 Categories: Lebanon Press Releases

BEIRUT, LEBANON – On January 12, Lebanon’s Ministry of Interior and Municipalities officially approved the creation of the nation’s first microfinance association. The new association is made up of eight microfinance institutions that will work to strengthen the microfinance sector and increase access to finance for micro and small business owners throughout Lebanon.

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