Banyan Global- Innovative market approaches to development

Innovative market approaches to development

Banyan Global


Uganda: Malaria Action Program for Districts Project

Uganda, September 2016 - June 2021

Banyan Global is a subcontractor on the five-year United States Agency for International Development/President’s Malaria Initiative-funded Uganda Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD). Led by The Malaria Consortium, MAPD prevents and controls malaria illnesses and deaths to minimize the social and economic effects of the disease among Uganda’s overall population. On the MAPD project, Banyan Global addresses gender and youth issues related to the access to malaria treatment and prevention services and ensuring that gender and youth considerations are integrated across all program components. Banyan Global will conduct gender and youth analyses and facilitate gender and youth training for project staff and stakeholders to improve awareness and understanding with regard to constraints that prevent women, men, boys, and girls from accessing malaria treatment and prevention services, as well as how such challenges might be addressed. In addition, we will review all current malaria protocols and guidelines for gender and youth inputs and work with the team to develop a behavior change communication strategy and materials that encourage critical thinking amongst men, women, boys, and girls around malaria prevention and treatment. We also will establish girls’ and boys’ clubs in and out of schools to create safe spaces and opportunities for youth—particularly girls—to learn malaria prevention and treatment behaviors and activities. These clubs also will enable youths’ voices to be heard. Banyan Global will hold women’s and youth malaria forums,  where we will assemble representatives and stakeholders to share and discuss opportunities, perspectives, and constraints. Banyan Global hopes to play a leadership role in developing and sharing promising approaches and best practices on integrating gender and youth concerns into malaria programming.

Honduras Workforce Development Activity

Honduras, 2016–2021

Banyan Global is implementing the Honduras Workforce Development (WFD) Activity under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) YouthPower Implementation indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. The WFD Activity targets at-risk youth living in the five Honduran municipalities most affected by violence and crime, and it is an important part of the Alliance for Prosperity of the Northern Triangle that Vice President Joe Biden announced in late 2014. Through this activity, Banyan Global will identify and establish strategically positioned pathways, partnerships, and instruments targeting at-risk youth that are caught in the cycle of crime and violence. The WFD Activity’s overall goal is to provide realistic and sustainable opportunities for employment, thereby increasing the protective factors for at-risk youth in Honduras’s high-crime areas.

The WFD Activity will have offices in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula to support program activities, including strengthening and expanding current workforce programs, launching programs in underserved communities, and strengthening ties between the private sector and workforce-development implementers to ensure that training responds to market needs and at-risk youth have the highest rate of job placement and career success. It is expected that by the close of the project in 2021, multiple institutions will be working in high-violence communities and they will be capable of providing high-quality, fully integrated vocational training programs. Additionally, thousands of at-risk youth will have new jobs.


Growth, Enterprise, Employment and Livelihoods (GEEL) Contract

Somalia, 2015 – 2020

GEEL is a sole-award, five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a goal of promoting inclusive economic growth in Somalia and with an overall ceiling price of $74 million. The contract addresses multiple constraints to economic growth in Somalia, including lack of financial institutions, issues with business climate and commercial law, lack of demanded work skills, and constraints unique to women and youth. As a sub-contractor to Engility, Banyan Global is leading the design and development of Gender and Youth Empowerment Action Plans (GYEAP) and implementation of gender and youth integration activities. Banyan Global’s full-time international gender and youth expert will oversee a national team integrating youth and gender considerations into all project activities, and together they will develop Youth Engagement and Protection Policies which establish protocols and procedures to ensure safety and prevent exploitation and abuse of youth who participate in project activities. Throughout the duration of the contract, Banyan Global will deliver trainings tailored to Somali gender and cultural norms to all project staff on gender and youth integration tools and techniques, gender- and youth-sensitive facilitation, and integrating gender and youth in M&E processes.

Engility and Banyan Global will be implementing the first task order on increasing competitiveness of agricultural value chains under this IDIQ mechanism. Banyan Global is currently undertaking a participatory project gender analysis in South Central, Somaliland, and Puntland regions of Somalia, examining gender dynamics across four value chains. Banyan Global also implemented a Women In Agribusiness Forum that brought together women business leaders, organizations, business associations, agricultural/farmer groups from across South-Central, Somalia to identify the specific needs of women in business and opportunities and potential solutions to address these needs.

YouthPower Implementation IDIQ

2015 – 2020

Banyan Global is the only small business holder of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) YouthPower Implementation IDIQ. This IDIQ focuses on the design and implementation of positive youth development programming and policies, capacity strengthening of youth-serving organizations and institutions including governmental and civil society organization (CSOs), and support of youth engagement within development. YouthPower Implementation supports the implementation of the 2012 USAID Youth in Development Policy. The Policy’s goal is to improve the capacities and enable the aspirations of youth so they can contribute to and benefit from more stable, democratic and prosperous communities and nations. The Policy’s objectives are to:

  • Strengthen youth programming, participation and partnership in support of Agency development objectives.
  • Mainstream and integrate youth issues and engage young people across Agency initiatives and operations.

USAID’s Youth in Development Policy further stresses seven guiding principles which are deemed as essential to positive youth development programming. These include: (1) recognizing youth participation as vital for effective programs; (2) investing in assets that build youth resilience; (3) accounting for youth difference and commonalities; (4) creating second chance opportunities; (5) involving and supporting mentors, families, and communities; (6) pursuing gender equality; and (7) embracing innovation and technology by and for youth.

Global Center for Youth Employment

Global, 2014 – Ongoing

Banyan Global is a member of the Global Center for Youth Employment. The Global Center for Youth Employment brings together practitioners, policymakers, researchers, civil society organizations, funders, academics and other stakeholders committed to addressing the challenge of youth unemployment worldwide.  The Center’s vision is to reduce global youth unemployment through the creation, adoption, and integration of innovative, evidence-based, and evidence-producing interventions and tools. The Center is committed to developing and providing scalable innovative tools and interventions that will be easily available to implementers, policy makers, donors and other stakeholders. Over time, members of the Center will develop, disseminate, adapt, and apply evidence-based good practices to increase the scale, impact, and sustainability of youth employment programs. The Center will also serve to increase the number of organizations and institutions engaged in dialogue about key issues pertaining to youth employment through regular learning and knowledge sharing events, and by supporting the publication of research findings. Banyan Global is currently leading an effort on Microwork to create workforce and livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable young women and girls, a population that encounters unique challenges in accessing workforce and livelihoods opportunities and is largely underserved in existing workforce development projects. Banyan Global is also leading the Center’s Youth Engagement Strategy and Approach, providing guidance on how to ensure that youth are engaged in all aspects of the Center’s work, including planning and implementation of key activities.

Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Project

Global, 2009-2015

Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project was the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) flagship project to increase the private sector’s provision of high-quality reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, and other health services and products in developing countries. To achieve these goals SHOPS provided technical leadership in optimal private-sector strategies; explored innovative approaches to expanding and improving the private sector’s provision of priority services; synthesized and disseminated proven strategies, research findings, and tools; and provided country-level support in developing and scaling up successful private-sector approaches. As a subcontractor to Abt Associates on SHOPS, Banyan Global led innovative work to prepare youth to enter the health sector workforce, strengthening private sector educational opportunities and access to education through student financing. In Malawi and Zambia Banyan Global conducted a human resources for health assessment, examining demand for medical training by students and supply. Banyan Global conducted market research with students, exploring the potential to develop student loan products. In Tanzania and Zambia Banyan Global built the capacity of private medical training institutes to meet student needs and worked with local financial institutions to develop youth-friendly student loan products.

Child, Early, and Forced Marriage Resource Guide

Global, 2014 - 2015

Banyan Global led a task order under the ADVANTAGE IDIQ to assist USAID staff to understand how to address child, early, and forced marriage through USAID’s development efforts. The Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (CEFM) Resource Guide task order activities focused on designing a strategy to implement the plan and vision outlined in the “United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally” and USAID’s “Ending Child Marriage & Meeting the Needs of Unmarried Children.” Banyan Global designed and developed a Child, Early, and Forced Marriage Resource Guide to assist USAID staff and development practitioners to effectively integrate state-of-the art approaches to child, early and forced marriage prevention and response into their activities. This effort documents how the global health, education, economic growth and workforce development, agriculture and food security, gender-based violence, youth, crisis and conflict, and democracy, governance, and human rights sectors approach child marriage, including entry points, approaches, interventions and monitoring and evaluation, and is provides concrete recommendations on how to improve these approaches in the future. The Banyan Global team also developed strategies and tools to improve USAID’s approach to communicating about its work on this important subject, including an infographic on the importance of considering CEFM in multi-sectoral development work. The Guide was formally launched at a United States Department of State by the USAID Senior Gender Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

The Child, Early, and Forced Marriage Resource Guide is available online.

The Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Partnership Project

Zimbabwe, October 2005-September 2010

Banyan Global was a subcontractor on the Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Partnership Project, a five-year task order that was part of the USAID Private Sector Program (PSP) indefinite-quantity contract. This project promoted behavior change through improved knowledge and increased access to HIV-related products and services to reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV. Banyan Global built the capacity of local HIV and AIDS service organizations that target youth with prevention, testing, and post test counseling programs. Banyan Global provided technical assistance to 32 local organizations in HIV-related institutional capacity building through workshops, compliance visits and onsite support. Technical assistance included resource mobilization, leadership/management, inter-personal communication, and grants management and financial management.

USAID Value Chain Assessment in Pakistan

Pakistan, 2013

Under the Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices project, Banyan Global fielded a senior value chain expert who participated on an USAID team to identify constraints and opportunities in Pakistan’s selected value chains based on the value chains’ ability to create employment and increase incomes in urban areas. The team reviewed information technology, garments, leather, pharmaceuticals, herbal medicine, marble, and surgical instruments as value chains. Information technology was highlighted as a particularly important value chain in part due to its potential to increase youth employment. Banyan Global identified the specific business enabling environment issues, including management, technological, labor force, financial, marketing and infrastructure, that hinder improvements in the competitiveness of specific value chains. Based on this analysis, Banyan Global made recommendations for an implementation strategy to resolve these constraints to create employment, target youth, and raise incomes. We also assessed cross-cutting issues of energy, gender, finance, and the enabling environment. In addition, we developed recommendations for USAID for each value chain for follow-up interventions.

Livelihoods/Vulnerable Populations Assessment

Sri Lanka, 2012-2013

Banyan Global conducted the Livelihoods/Vulnerable Populations Assessment under the Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices project as a sub-contractor to Chemonics.  Banyan Global studied the economic climate in Sri Lanka related to addressing the livelihoods of vulnerable populations in historically conflict-affected areas. In particular, the work assessed the impediments to inclusive economic development of vulnerable populations in Sri Lanka (especially in the North, and the Eastern Districts of North and South Trincomalee and West Batticaloa) disadvantaged by the 26 year civil war, in order to increase economic participation and growth and lead to reconciliation. Special attention and analysis was given to the situation of you and women, particularly in the North, to identify constraints that can be relieved (such as reforming land tenure rights to increase farming activities) and opportunities for programming to create livelihood opportunities, particularly for the most vulnerable, such as Tamil women, war widows and youth.

Banyan Global assessed the constraints to economic growth for vulnerable populations, identified opportunities to increase access to livelihoods assistance for these populations, and developed a strategy for the USAID mission to address these issues over the next several years. We presented recommendations for proposed interventions for USAID/Sri Lanka to implement through existing and new activities to increase livelihoods, jobs and income generation for the affected populations, including women, youth, and the disabled.

Technical Assistance for Capacity Building in Midwifery Information and Logistics (TACMIL) Project

Pakistan, December 2007–December 2009

Banyan Global was a subcontractor to Abt Associates on the United States Agency for International Development-funded TACMIL project. The two-year project provided technical assistance to the public and private health sectors to improve health service delivery with a focus on maternal, reproductive, and child health. The effort addressed a principal focus of the government of Pakistan: to significantly reduce maternal and infant mortality rates by introducing a cadre of community-based midwives to the continuum of health care provision. Through the Community Midwife Program, women between the ages of 17 and 35 were recruited and trained as midwives to be based in their villages to provide safe antenatal, postnatal, and birthing services; reproductive health care; and family planning services to rural women. And each new community midwife is expected to establish a private birthing station in her village. Banyan Global also designed a business-training program to facilitate the transition from a student midwife to a private practitioner at the village level. Banyan Global built the capacity of local partners, including the government and the Midwifery Association of Pakistan, to offer the training to midwives. More than 900 community midwives received training by the end of the project.