October 19, 2015

IESC will implement a new four-year program in the Dominican Republic to improve the quality and production of horticulture products for domestic and export markets.

A produce market in the Dominican Republic. IESC’s new program will increase the food safety and food quality of high value fruits and vegetables.

The Dominican Republic is one of the fastest growing economies in the Caribbean, yet a third of the…

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October 14, 2015

Liberia is one step closer to having a national business development center for small businesses, following the completion of a feasibility report and business plan.

From left: Samba Kawa (USAID/Liberia), Watchen Harris Bruce (IBEX), Anthony S. Chan (USAID/Liberia), and Kwame Clement (USAID/Liberia).

On Friday, September 25, more than 70 people gathered in Monrovia at the Paynesville City Hall to hear the…

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October 8, 2015

WASHINGTON–For five days in October, students at Beijing Foreign Studies University will receive intensive, practical training in conflict resolution from a retired U.S. ambassador and a social worker professor with expertise in post-conflict countries, as part of volunteer program from the International Executive Service Corps, or IESC.

This assignment represents the start of a new phase of engagement in IESC’s China volunteers program,…

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October 2, 2015 Download publication

This case study describes the impact of a small and medium enterprise development project on Tunisia’s organics sector. The USAID-funded Tunisia SME Project was designed to strengthen Tunisia’s economic competitiveness and prospects for sustained growth by promoting greater SME involvement in trade and investment related activities. To do this, the…

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August 17, 2015

A woman in Mali sifts newly harvested grain.
Photo: Bill Horn, courtesy of Photoshare.

IESC ‘ the International Executive Service Corps ‘ will implement a new five-year program to increase the use of USAID’s Development Credit Authority in Mali. 

The Development Credit Authority encourages lending by sharing risk with the bank (up to 50 percent of the loan) and helps to put money in the hands of…

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July 7, 2015 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 improve women’s access to finance in Lebanon. Funded by USAID through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, the program worked to increase sales, create jobs, and advance…

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