Banyan Global conducted a gender assessment to identify gender and gender constraints within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Haiti portfolio. Banyan Global also provided recommendations on how USAID/Haiti can achieve greater gender integration in its programs. The assessment paid attention to the ways in which USAID/Haiti’s programming has responded to disparities and constraints between women, men, boys, girls, and vulnerable populations. The assessment concentrated on four areas: food and economic security; basic services (health and education); democracy and governance; and water, sanitation, and hygiene, with climate change and disaster risk reduction. The research included a literature review; a quantitative online survey of USAID/Haiti staff that garnered 40 responses; a qualitative research process that included nearly 50 informant interviews with government of Haiti, national and international nongovernmental organizations, USAID, and implementing partner staff; and a 1.5-day stakeholder workshop to share preliminary findings and seek input prior to drafting the report. It also addressed crosscutting themes, including governance and the safety and security of women; girls; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex; and persons with disabilities.
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.
Banyan Global was the prime contractor for USAID’s Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) IDIQ task order to conduct a gender analysis of the Civil Works Component for the planned Cap Haïtien Port Rehabilitation and Public Private Partnership Project. The gender analysis assisted USAID/Haiti to identify gender-related needs with a focus on women and other vulnerable groups, including LGBT and persons with disabilities. The gender analysis took place over 8 weeks in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haïtien, which included a thorough literature review, 38 key informant interviews with stakeholders, and 6 focus group discussions with women employees of the National Port Authority, students from schools in neighboring areas, and officials from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. The research and interviews conducted for the gender analysis identified a greater need for community engagement, the establishment of gender-responsive hiring policies and working conditions, and training strategies to better recruit female civil works employees. The final gender analysis provided USAID/Haiti with detailed recommendations to design and implement future interventions to offset existing gender-based inequalities around the civil works activities in the port.
Banyan Global participated in the evaluation of a $1 million loan portfolio guarantee for FinComun, a Mexico City-based microfinance institution (MFI), and a $2.5 million loan guarantee for Union Progreso, an MFI in rural Chihuahua.
Banyan Global worked with the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS) to strengthen its contracting-out system to promote the private-sector delivery of affordable, quality health services. Our team trained banks and supported the utilization of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) health-sector Development Credit Authority guarantee. As a result of our work, banks have lent more than $5 million to private health providers. We also built the capacity of private providers in financial management, access to finance, and mergers and acquisitions, and helped them understand the financial benefits of promoting reproductive health within a capitated system. Banyan Global worked with the INSS to support the provision of reproductive health services within the capitated system and to improve the regulatory environment for the private sector. Banyan Global conducted an assessment for the INSS and designed a pilot project that was launched in May 2006 to expand health coverage to the informal sector, using microfinance institutions as agents. Banyan Global was a subcontractor to Abt Associates on the USAID-funded Banking on Health project.
In Peru, Banyan Global built the capacity of microfinance institutions to lend to small-scale franchised health providers. Banyan Global linked these providers to business-development services to grow their organizations. Our experts also strengthened the institutional capacity and sustainability of several not-for-profit organizations in the health sector. Banyan Global was a subcontractor to Abt Associates on the United States Agency for International Development-funded Banking on Health project.
Banyan Global delivered the International Labour Organization (ILO)–United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) “Microfinance in Conflict-Affected Communities” training to UNHCR staff, its implementing partners, and other donors working in conflict- and disaster-affected communities in Latin America.