Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC)
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Washington, DC 20036
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Facilitation Economic Growth brought new technology to Sri Lanka, strengthened institutions to support long-term economic recovery, and developed new value chains that link small-scale farmers to markets.
Support to SMEs
AGOA+ delivered firm-level assistance to companies to take advantage of AGOA trade opportunities through a range of services, from assistance with international trade certifications (organic, Fair Trade, etc.) and participation in trade shows and buyers’ missions to technical and managerial support to meet quality standards and increase productivity.
Stronger business membership organizations and government agencies
IESC leveraged existing business membership organizations and government agencies in Ethiopia and strengthened them to better support the private sector.
Broader access to finance
IESC expanded financing opportunities for women entrepreneurs and attracted Ethiopian diaspora investment. IESC trained and vetted banks that offered USAID loan guarantees and extended the guaranteed loans to women entrepreneurs.
This project began a few short months after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Facilitating Economic Growth revitalized the post-conflict economy through rapid, flexible technical support to individual businesses, cooperatives, NGOs, and government institutions in post-conflict regions throughout Sri Lanka, including Northern and Eastern Provinces.
Funder: USAID through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance
Administrator: Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance
Project Duration: 2009-2014
Award: $3.2 million