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New loan allows Ivorian cashew export company to start processing next year, thanks to Trade Hub support

Published May 2017 by USAID/West Africa Trade & Investment Hub

The Ivorian cashew export company, Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue avec Conseil d’Administration (SCAK COOP-CA), obtained a $2,916,667 loan in March 2017 to purchase and export raw cashew nuts, and plans to install a processing plant next year, allowing the company to expand its service offerings and increase its revenue.

In September 2016, SCAK COOP-CA attended the Trade Hub’s Business to Business (B2B) workshop on how to “Increase Investment, Reconcile Small and Medium Enterprises with Financial Institutions.” The B2B brought together three financial institutions (Coris Bank, NSIA Banque, Oikocredit), members of the Trade Hub’s network of Financial Advisors, and 23 Ivorian exporting companies. With assistance from Banyan Global’s Finance and Investment Specialist, Charles Adegnandjou, SCAK COOP-CA connected with a Trade Hub Financial Advisor to prepare a bank loan application. Thanks to the Hub’s support, SCAK COOP-CA succeeded in obtaining its first bank loan in March 2017. Before the loan, the company received working capital from Indian buyers, who dictated the price of the nuts.

In 2015, SCAK COOP-CA was the 3 largest exporter of cashew in Côte d’Ivoire and bought and exported around 3.3% of the national cashew production. However, financial constraints led to fewer exports in 2016, with the company only buying and exporting 2.37% of the national production. From 2015-2016, SCAK COOP-CA sales decreased from 26.5 to 16.7 MT for a national production of 700 MT each year.

Now, with the new loan, SCAK CCP-CA expects 2017 to be a good financial year.

“Trade Hub intervention constitutes a turning point in the history of SCAK. Now our project can move from a raw cashew export company to a cashew processing company and become a reality next year. We are confident that additional banks will follow to finance our expansion.” – Mr. Zana Coulibaly, CEO

Improving Private Health Sector Lending in Nigeria

Published April 2017 by USAID/West Africa Regional Health Office ParlerHealth Newsletter

ACCION lending by amount (dollars) and number of loans

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In 2009, a survey was carried out to assess the business development needs, particularly financial and training needs, of private health care providers in Nigeria. At that time, only 10 to 15 percent of private providers had applied for financing from a financial institution in the previous three years, though 40 percent indicated an interest in obtaining financing in the coming year. The study concluded that, “greater access to finance…is needed for the private sector to grow and improve its quality of care. That the private sector is large and has not accessed much financing represents a market opportunity for Nigeria’s financial institutions.

Accion Microfinance Bank (ACCION) officially began its microfinance banking business in May 2007. Prior to partnering with SHOPS in 2010, the bank offered a variety of financial products to micro-entrepreneurs. At the time, the bank had a poor understanding of the health sector. Consequently, a Development Credit Authority (DCA) loan guarantee with a limit of $400,000 was introduced in September, 2010 by USAID/SHOPS to ACCION to reduce the risk associated with lending to health businesses. This guarantee was intended to stimulate financing by ACCION to health care enterprises and thereby promote the delivery of quality family planning, reproductive health, and maternal and child health services.

In order to support the success of the DCA, the SHOPS project provided ACCION with technical assistance, including training of loan officers and sharing private health sector market research and information. The goal of this technical assistance was to help the bank better understand the private health sector, and ultimately to provide high quality financial products and services to this sector. According to Nwanna Joel, the Chief Commercial Officer of ACCION, “with the Financing the Nigeria Health Sector trainings received by our loan officers and the DCA agreement, the bank has a better understanding of the health provider, the risk associated with lending to them and had improved capacity to lend to the private health practitioners.”

The guarantee was to run through 2015, but demand for health loans was greater than expected, and the limit was reached within the first two years. Over the course of this relationship, ACCION’s understanding of the private health sector improved, and the bank saw how private health providers comprised a promising new market for its lending products. Despite full exhaustion of the guarantee in May, 2012, the bank’s lending to the sector has continued to increase, as depicted above. Over the life of the project (until end of December 2016), ACCION issued 2,694 loans to private health providers of which 328 (12.2%) were issued under the DCA guarantee. The total amount of loans reached over $4 million, leveraging the initial credit guarantee more than four-fold. The average loan amount was about $1,500 and the performance of the loans has been excellent, with no defaults under the guarantee. ACCION continues to increase its loans to private health providers and has incorporated loan officer training into its internal capacity development program.

This DCA guarantee was extended to Diamond Bank and has had an effect on the local landscape for lending to private health providers. In February 2013, the SHOPS project established a relationship with Fidelity Bank focused on optimizing and strengthening its lending products aimed at private providers. In subsequent years, several banks, including First Bank, Sterling Bank and Olive Microfinance Bank, approached the SHOPS project with requests for assistance in expanding their exposure to the private health provider market. Diamond Bank has recently launched a second product aimed at the private health sector, again indicating a desire to build on its own experience with the DCA to expand its involvement with this market. Read more here.

Solicitud de Aplicaciones/RFA-Empleando Futuros

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Para su información, las presentaciones de las sesiones informativas de Solicitud de Aplicaciones (RFA HON-1-001) y las preguntas con sus respectivas respuestas se han recopilado a partir de las consultas remitidas directamente por los solicitantes al correo electrónico o durante las sesiones informativas desarrolladas en Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula y La Ceiba por los asistentes a éstas. Por favor note que la fecha y hora limitada de entrega se ha extendida hasta el 02 de mayo de 2017 a las 12:00pm (hora hondurena). Haga clic para ver la enmienda oficial a la solicitud aquí.

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Por favor encuentre la presentaciones de sesiones informativas  hacienda clic aquí

For your information, the RFA HON-1-001 information session presentations and the questions and respective responses have been compiled from submitted questions to the email and/or questions from the information sessions held in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula y La Ceiba.

Please note that the submission date and time has been extended to May 2, 2017 at 12:00pm (Honduran time). The official RFA amendment can be found by clicking here.

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Solicitud de Aplicaciones/RFA-Empleando Futuros

Empleando Futuros, el proyecto de Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral en Honduras financiado por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), dispone otorgar diversas subvenciones a organizaciones registradas en Honduras que puedan prestar los siguientes servicios para el entrenamiento dirigido a jóvenes en riesgo: (1) Reclutamiento y Selección de jóvenes según los datos demográficos establecidos; (2) Coordinación con organizaciones externas para que faciliten capacitaciones en Habilidades para la Vida y Competencias Laborales Básicas, así como servicios de Terapia Cognitiva Conductual, (3) Proveer servicios de mentoría a través de un mentor interno, y (4) Colaborar y coordinar con los centros de formación profesional que proveerán formación vocacional en su primera ronda de subvenciones mediante Solicitud de Aplicaciones (RFA). Empleando Futuros es un proyecto oficial de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) bajo el Contrato Número AID-OAA-I-15-00013 USAID / Honduras Orden No. AID-522-TO-16-00003. Este RFA proporciona a las organizaciones la información necesaria para preparar sus propuestas para participar con el Proyecto Empleando Futuros.

Se llevarán a cabo sesiones de orientación en Tegucigalpa el 17 de abril de 2017 a las 7:30AM en el Hotel Hyatt Salón 1, en Tegucigalpa, Honduras, el 18 de abril de 2017 a las 7:30AM en el Hotel Copantl, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, y el 19 de abril de 2017 a las 7:30AM en el Hotel La Quinta, en La Ceiba, Honduras. La sesión estará diseñada para brindar más información sobre el programa, el proceso de Solicitud de Aplicaciones y el cronograma del programa de subvenciones. Se invita a todos los potenciales solicitantes a que participen y a que informen a Banyan Global acerca de su interés en participar tan pronto como sea posible después del lanzamiento de la convocatoria. Se entiende que los gastos de la participación de posibles postulantes corren por su cuenta. Si se identifica la necesidad, una de las siguientes sesiones de orientación puede llevarse a cabo la tercera semana después de la Solicitud de Aplicaciones y se anunciará a través del sitio web de Banyan Global.

Toda organización solicitante que tenga preguntas y/o aclaraciones sobre el contenido de este RFA debe enviarlas por escrito a la dirección de correo electrónico general de adquisiciones de Banyan Global con atención al Especialista en Subvenciones. Si se determina que la respuesta a cualquier pregunta es de suficiente relevancia para notificar a todos los donatarios prospecto, se emitirá un documento de Preguntas y Respuestas y/o, de ser necesario, se emitirá una enmienda al RFA. Por lo antes descrito, la primera ronda de preguntas y/o aclaraciones se debe remitir por correo electrónico a las 5:00 PM (hora de Honduras) el 28 de abril de 2017. Cualquier información adicional relacionada con este RFA será proporcionada a través de una enmienda al mismo.

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Por favor encuentre la Solicitud de Aplicación (RFA) completa haciendo clic aqui

Por favor encuentre el Anexo D – Plantilla de Plan de Implementación haciendo clic aqui

Por favor encuentre el Anexo E – Plantilla de Presupuesto haciendo clic aqui


Solicitud de Aplicaciones/RFA-Empleando Futuros

Empleando Futuros, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Workforce Development Activity in Honduras, anticipates to award various grants to organizations registered in Honduras that can provide the services for the anticipated at-risk youth training: (1) Recruitment and selection of youth per established demographics; (2) Coordination with external organizations to facilitate trainings for Life Skills and Basic Labor Competencies as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy services, (3) Provide peer mentoring services via an in-house mentor, and (4) Collaborate and coordinate with  professional training centers that will provide vocational training in its first grant round of Request for Applications (RFA). Empleando Futuros is an official project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under Contract Number AID-OAA-I-15-00013 USAID/Honduras Task Order No. AID-522-TO-16-00003. This RFA provides the necessary information organizations need to prepare submissions to participate with the Empleando Futuros Project.

Applicant orientation sessions will be held on April 17, 2017 at 7:30AM in Hotel Hyatt Conference Room 1, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on April 18, 2017 at 7:30AM in Hotel Copantl, San Pedro Sula, Honduras and on April 19, 2017 at 7:30AM in Hotel La Quinta, La Ceiba, Honduras. The session will be designed to provide more detail on the program, the RFA process and the schedule of the grants program. All potential applicants are invited to participate and are encouraged to inform Banyan Global of their intended participation as soon as possible upon release of the RFA. Participation of potential applicants is understood to be at their own expense. If the need is identified one follow-up orientation sessions may be held in the third week after the RFA release and will be announced via the Banyan Global website.

Any prospective applicant organization who has questions and/or clarifications concerning the contents of this RFA should submit them in writing to the Banyan Global’s general procurement email address at with attention to the Grants Specialist. If it is determined that the answer to any question(s) is of sufficient importance to warrant notification to all prospective recipients, a Questions and Answers document, and/or if needed, an amendment to the RFA, will be issued. Therefore the first round of questions and/or clarifications must be submitted via email by 5:00PM (Honduras time) on April 28, 2017. Any additional information regarding this RFA will be furnished through an amendment to this RFA.

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Please find Annex D – Implementation Plan template by clicking here

Please find Annex E – Budget template by clicking here

Banyan Global Presents at Malagasy Lutheran Health Department Fair in Antananarivo

The Malagasy Lutheran Health Department (SALFA) held a seho asa (work showcase) for its partners and members on March 24 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. SALFA began the day with a presentation and a guided tour for official guests of all the booths, featuring sponsors Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS Plus) and AccèsBanque Madagascar as well as medical equipment suppliers and healthcare providers. In the afternoon, Stephanie Gober, Banyan Global Senior Associate in Access to Finance, made a presentation about Banyan Global’s work in Madagascar under the SHOPS Plus program. Also, a representative of AccèsBanque Madagascar explained the special products that the bank is developing for the private health care sector with the support of SHOPS Plus.

Banyan Global leads the access to finance and business strengthening component of the SHOPS Plus program, a $150 million United States Agency for International Development-funded project focusing on improving health outcomes by strengthening the provision of private sector health information, products, and services; increasing public-private engagement to improve public health outcomes; improving the enabling environment for the private sector within the health system at the global, regional, and country levels; and disseminating and applying innovative private sector models. As part of SHOPS Plus Madagascar, Banyan Global manages the Development Credit Authority guarantee at AccèsBanque Madagascar.

Stephanie Gober, Senior Associate, Access to Finance (left) with Iony Rasamoela, Senior Program Manager, Access to Finance (right), at the SHOPS Plus/AccèsBanque stand at the SALFA fair.

Dr. Sahondra Rasoarimanana, SALFA’s General Director, asks a question following a presentation at the SALFA fair.

Banyan Global works to expand access to finance for private health providers in Tanzania

Banyan Global, working as a subcontractor on the United States Agency for International Development’s Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus project, kicked-off access to finance activities with partner bank CRDB and other key stakeholders including Pharmaccess, the Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), and Population Services International. Stakeholders and partners were introduced to the project team. The initial focus will be to develop a portfolio of health loans at CRDB with a focus on private health care businesses that offer HIV services.

Banyan Global Team Provides Budget Capacity Building in Mali

In February 2017, two of Banyan Global’s team members, program coordinator Creighton Camera and gender specialist Christine Seisun, traveled to Bamako to provide technical assistance on the Mali Sub-National Governance Project (SNGP). Along with gender training to SNGP staff and gender technical assistance, one of the trip’s primary goals was to provide budgetary assistance and administrative capacity building to local SNGP partner Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF-Mali). With Banyan Global’s assistance, WILDAF-Mali finalized its budget for the remaining four years of the project, as well as its Year 2 activity budgets.

Banyan Global manages the gender-integration component of Mali SNGP, a five-year USAID-funded project that advances Mali’s decentralization process by creating and institutionalizing financial and asset-management procedures, as well as containing corruption. The project focuses on public financial management and improving operational efficiency in the management of Mali’s financial resources between Bamako and the regions—thus ensuring that public funds intended for decentralized services are delivered effectively and transparently.


Banyan Global program coordinator Creighton Camera (center) reviews WILDAF’s activity budgets with Djeneba Simaka (left), WILDAF program assistant, and Hadji Diakite (right), Banyan Global’s gender specialist for Mali SNGP.

Trade Hub partners with Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce to build SMEs’ business-planning skills


Participants gather after the workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo credit: Trade Hub staff.

To address a chronic access to finance gap, the Trade Hub and the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) organized a business-plan development workshop for 15 agribusiness small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on March 8 in Lagos, Nigeria.

“One major challenge that hinders businesses’ ability to access finance in the region is poorly developed business plans that are presented to banks,” said Mr. William Addo, the Trade Hub’s Finance and Investment Specialist, who facilitated the workshop with Ms. Vivian Ani of Highnet Resources, a Financial Advisor in Nigeria who is part of the Hub’s West African network.

NACC’s new Director General, Ms. Joyce Akpata, said, ‘’A focal area for me as I settle in this new role is to build the capacity of our members, of which SMEs form a significant proportion. And I am keen to ensure we get it right and be seen to be adding value to their business while also preparing them to access global opportunities.”


West Africa Trade Hub Trains USAID Implementing Partners in Keys to Financing

Representatives from Malian and regional associations attended a West Africa Trade Hub training and coaching in financing for agribusinesses on February 20, 2017 in Bamako. Ms. Diallo (center front) explained that this training helped her understand what information the agricultural producers she works with need before they can gain access to formal financing—notably a business plan and financial records.

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Photo credit: Ms. Rebecca Weaver, Trade Hub

Ms. Diallo was among 20 representatives from Malian and West African regional organizations—all members of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Feed the Future network—to receive Trade Hub training and coaching in financing for agribusinesses. Banyan Global’s Jean Francois Guay led this training, which provided new information about how agribusinesses can access financing from formal financial institutions. To deliver this training, the Trade Hub teamed with USAID/Mali’s Finance for Food Security and Women Entrepreneurs Program (FFSWE). FFSWE invited representatives from USAID’s Mali Investment Facilitation Platform and Livestock for Growth projects, as well as other USAID implementing partners.

“This kind of training is very important to us,” Ms. Diallo said. “This training helps us link agricultural producers to financial organizations and also gives us the information about the financial information they need to provide to the banks in their loan applications.” Through trainings like this one, the Trade Hub supports USAID partners to expand financing opportunities for small West African agribusinesses.

Women Without Borders: Gender and Informal Cross-Border Trade in Southern Africa

For this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017), Microlinks and Agrilinks hosted a special joint seminar on women in trade, entitled “Women Without Borders: Gender and Informal Cross-Border Trade.” The event was held at the City Club of Washington, DC and was broadcasted via webinar to reach an even wider audience.  Banyan Global’s Senior Gender Specialist, Lis Meyers, was the main speaker at the event and presented on Banyan Global research, performed under the USAID/Southern Africa Trade Hub project, on women and informal cross-border trade (ICBT) entitled, “Women Informal Cross-Border Traders in Southern Africa: Contributions, Constraints, and Opportunities.”

Julie MacCarthee, Knowledge Management Specialist at USAID/Bureau for Food Security gave welcoming remarks. Sait Mboob, Economist at the USAID Trade and Regulatory Reform Office, presented on why gender matters to trade facilitation and introduced Lis Meyers. Ms. Meyers discussed how ICBT contributes to women’s livelihoods – both at the individual and household level — as well as food security and national and regional economic growth and trade.  She presented two case studies of individual cross-border traders and shared findings on the wide range of constraints that women ICBTs encounter on a daily basis, including vulnerability to harassment and gender-based violence from border agents.  Ms. Meyers also highlighted key recommendations on how to address these constraints, highlighting specific infrastructure, communications and training, and regulatory support interventions and activities.Lis

West Africa Trade Hub Announces #EntrepreneuriElle Campaign

The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub announced the #EntrepreneuriElle campaign today in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. #EntrepreneuriElle is designed to celebrate West African women entrepreneurs and highlight the work the Trade Hub is doing to support them. The campaign spotlights women from the mango, shea, livestock, and cereals sectors, as well as the Trade Hub’s work to provide financing to small women-owned businesses. You can check out the campaign on the Trade Hub website, as well as on Exposure!


The Global Center for Youth Employment Launch Event on Microwork and Impact Sourcing

Global Center for YouthPlease join the Global Center for Youth Employment on March 1, 2017 for the launch of a new report on Microwork and Impact Sourcing. The report will be distributed at the event and speakers will discuss the potential of microwork and impact sourcing to help achieve global development goals. Agenda below.

An important consequence of the global digital economy is the emergence of online work opportunities that break down barriers of time, geography, market access, and social exclusion for millions of potential workers. The World Bank estimates that 48 million people participate in online outsourcing and that the market will grow to between $15 billion and $25 billion by 2020. Under a microwork model, service providers divide up job tasks and distribute them to workers around the globe. When done with an impact sourcing approach this model can benefit disadvantaged, less skilled youth. The scaling of microwork has the potential to create additional jobs for disadvantaged youth in economical constrained environments.

The Global Center for Youth Employment and its members Banyan Global and Future Work Consulting conducted a study of online outsourcing service providers and their client companies to map current trends, challenges, and success factors. The report includes interviews with Microsoft, Pinterest, Ebay, Getty Images, Samasource, Digital Divide Data, IMerit, Daiprom, Cloud Factory, Rockefeller Foundation, and MasterCard Foundation among others, and data from site visits to microwork centers in East Africa.

Where: RTI International conference facility, Washington, DC.

8:30 to 9:00am — Light breakfast

9:00 to 10:00am — Opening Remarks, John McArthur, Sr. Fellow Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institute. Author of numerous studies on global development.

10:00 to 11:00am — Launch of Microwork and Impact Sourcing report. Panel with report authors (Lis Meyers, Branka Minic) and Sameer Raina, Digital Divide Data.

11:00 to 11:30am — Discussion on scaling of Impact Sourcing with Sara Enright, BSR and the Impact Sourcing Coalition.

Additionally, we invite you to stay for lunch and our quarterly Center meeting. The agenda for the meeting is:

12:00 to 1:00 — Networking lunch. Center members will share recent successes and challenges while seeking new partners.

1:00 to 2:00 — Morning event follow up. What’s next for the Center in the area of Microwork?

2:00 to 3:30 — Discussion of Center member survey and external consultant report (to be distributed in advance) on the future direction of the Center

3:30 to 4:00 — Discussion of Bangkok Ideathon outcomes and the Center’s May Ideathon sponsored by the Ford Foundation.

4:00 ­­­­– Happy Hour for those interested in continuing the discussion!

Please register here to attend the Microwork report launch in person or via live-stream.

Ghanaian cereals processor can market more, thanks to Trade Hub-facilitated loan

Published on January 23, 2017 by Trade Hub Communications

Ghanaian cereal processing and marketing firm AgriAccess Ghana Limited secured a loan of GHC 650,000 (US$150,000) to supply larger quantities of grain to Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, its biggest client.

“The demand for our company’s products grows by the day, and our current capacity does not enable it meet this demand,” said Mr. Anthony T. Poore, Managing Director of AgriAccess. “GGBL requires much larger consignments of sorghum than we currently provide.”

The loan, approved the second week of January, was facilitated through the Trade Hub financial advisors network model, will also enable AgriAccess to purchase five additional tractors to provide more mechanized services to its 2000 outgrower and smallholder farmers. AgriAccess will also purchase a 30-ton truck to enhance easier, faster and more hygienic delivery services to clients.

2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum

WEE-ROTATING-BANNER3The SEEP Network recently announced that Request for Proposals for peer learning sessions and Registration for the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum are now live! The forum will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on May 23-25, 2017 and will bring together leading stakeholders in the field of women’s economic empowerment in order to facilitate dialogue, build global learning connections, and promote effective practice and policy to address the needs of very poor and marginalized women around the world.

The conference agenda will be organized around the forum’s three learning themes and proposals for peer learning sessions should respond to relevant learning questions from these themes:

1. The Rural Poor: Women’s Empowerment on and off the Farm
2. Employment Opportunities through Enterprise Development and Job Creation
3. Women’s Financial Inclusion: Leveraging Finance to Advance Women’s Empowerment

Banyan Global is a chairing the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the 2017 Global Learning Forum and along with the other TAC members will review session proposals and assist with selecting those that best meet the criteria outlined in the Request for Proposals.

To submit a proposal, please be sure to follow the guidance highlighted in the Request for Proposals, including Session Selection Criteria and Presenter Policies and complete the Session Proposal Form no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on February 20, 2017.

Please feel free to direct any questions on the conference program or submitting a proposal to



Request for Proposals (RFP) for Honduran Labor Market Assessment

Banyan Global is releasing an amendment to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Labor Market Assessment (LMA) to be conducted during 2017 under its Honduras Workforce Development (WFD) Activity, hereafter identified as “Empleando Futuros”, funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) YouthPower Implementation indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.

The attached amendment document details the following:

(1) The RFA submission deadline of proposals has been extended from January 20, 2017 to January 31, 2017.

(2) The anticipated implementation period of the LMA has been revised from four (4) months to up to six (6) months with an anticipated start in February 2017 through August 2017.

(3) The not-to-exceed amount has increase from $240,000 to $275,000 considering the extension of the implementation period.

The Empleando Futuros project in Honduras is a five year activity that is part of a broader USAID project that aims to increase citizen security for vulnerable populations in urban, high-crime areas in Honduras by supporting workforce development that will increase employment and income generating opportunities for at risk youth in Honduras. The activity will strengthen comprehensive workforce readiness services, including for job linkage and self-employment, to benefit at-risk youth, including those who qualify for secondary and tertiary violence prevention services.

The attached RFP and Amendment #1 provides the necessary information companies and organizations need to prepare proposals to participate with Empleando Futuros. This Labor Market Assessment will guide the project’s design of the comprehensive workforce development services for jobs and entrepreneurship, as well as for developing the capacity of national government and non-government services and agencies to provide market relevant workforce development services. As such, the LMA will identify youth employment opportunities, assess skill and competency gaps of at-risk youth, and recommend workforce development interventions to promote increased employment among at-risk youth.

The LMA will be undertaken to support and guide the identification of key private sector priorities, potential growth prospects in five municipalities in Honduras and specific pathways for job creation for at-risk youth. To accomplish this goal, the Labor Market Assessment will (i) analyze job market opportunities in economic sectors of the five municipal target areas including how jobs are likely to be created in the segments comprising each sector, (ii) assess at-risk youth skill levels in these same municipalities in terms of qualifying for employment; (iii) determine the types of workforce development interventions that would be required for the greatest number of at-risk youth possible to obtain employment; and (iv) recommend a design and implementation strategy for Empleando Futuros training, psychological support, and employment support programs for at-risk youth.

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Lecture: Social Entrepreneurship and the Importance of Improving the Sustainability of Global Public Health Organizations

Location: The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
Date: January 10, 2017

Meaghan Smith, president and chief executive officer of Banyan Global, will be a guest speaker on January 11, 2017, at a Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health graduate course on the role of non-governmental organizations (NGO) and community-based organizations (CBOs) in improving public health. Meaghan will speak about social entrepreneurship and NGO sustainability, presenting a chapter that she wrote for Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health. Select this link for more information.