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J.E. Austin is currently implementing several projects all over the world that contribute to the overarching goal of reducing poverty and empowering vulnerable communities through economic development. Below are descriptions of J.E. Austin’s current projects.

USAID Improving Private Sector Competitiveness Activity (IPS-C)

USAID Improving Private Sector Competitiveness Activity (IPS-C) The purpose of the USAID Improving Private Sector Competitiveness Activity (“IPS-C”) is to remove constraints and build the competitiveness of small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Vietnam, including those employing owned or led by women and vulnerable populations. With this activity, USAID/Vietnam is supporting Vietnam’s competitiveness: vertically at the policy, market and firm level; and horizontally by working along the entire spectrum of enterprise growth models, from household businesses transforming into registered firms

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USAID Ghana Market Systems and Resilience (MSR) Activity

USAID Ghana Market Systems and Resilience (MSR) Activity The USAID-funded Ghana Market Systems and Resilience (MSR) Activity is a five-year initiative which aims to a) increase commercialization and profitability of agriculture markets, b) increase institutional capacity of market actors, c) improve market access and quality of business services and d) improve the enabling environment for local market actors across northern Ghana. Within MSR, JAA leads work on policy and the enabling environment to create a more functional market system marked

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Egypt Rural Agribusiness Strengthening Project

Egypt Rural Agribusiness Strengthening Project (ERAS) In partnership with prime contractor Abt Associates, J.E. Austin is implementing critical Access to Markets and Access to Finance activities under USAID’s five-year Egypt Rural Agribusiness Strengthening project (ERAS). ERAS is a Feed the Future project working in greater Cairo, Upper Egypt, and the Nile Delta, through three strategic regional offices in Luxor, Minya and Gharbia, in addition to the main office in Cairo. The project’s implementation period is from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2023. The project aims improve the competitiveness

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USAID Feed the Future Rwanda Kungahara Wagura Amasoko

USAID Feed the Future (FTF) Rwanda Kungahara Wagura Amasoko USAID Feed the Future (FTF) Rwanda Kungahara Wagura Amasoko (Prosper While Expanding Markets) (2021 to 2026) supports the Government of Rwanda (GOR) to increase high-value agricultural exports by working with and through the GOR, the private sector, and civil society organizations (CSOs) to facilitate $300 million in new investments in the sector. The project has two strategic objectives: i) facilitating an inclusive and resilient policy and regulatory environment; and ii) supporting

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Guyana Development Initiative

Guyana Development Initiative JAA, in collaboration Dr. Michael Porter, has been providing overall economic technical services to the Government of Guyana including the President, Vice-President, Minister of Finance, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce among other Guyanese leaders related to industry competitiveness, economic policy, foreign investment attraction, ecotourism, tourism workforce development, agriculture, and related areas. The project has provided over 100 specific policy and institutional reform recommendations including specific legislation reflecting global best practices. JAA has identified specific global experts as

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Honduras FARMS

Honduras FARMS In partnership with prime contractor ACDI/VOCA, J.E. Austin is implementing critical Economic Growth and Competitiveness activities under USAID’s five-year Honduras Food Security, Agriculture and Resilient Market Systems Activity (Honduras FARMS). FARMS is a Feed the Future project operating in three key geographic clusters. JAA’s work under FARMS applies a market systems lens to four key value chains (coffee, dairy, horticulture, and MSMEs), and works through strategic partnerships with local partners. In Year 1 of the project, JAA completed a rapid business

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Ghana Tree Crops Development Authority (TCDA) Five-Year Strategy

Ghana Tree Crops Development Authority (TCDA) Five-Year Strategy The Ghana Tree Crops Development Authority (TCDA) was established by the Parliament of Ghana through the Tree Crops Development Authority Act, 2019 (Act 1010) to regulate and develop in a sustainable environment the production, processing, and trading of six tree crops in Ghana, including cashew, shea, mango, coconut, rubber, and oil palm. The TCDA’s mandate is to create and regulate a conducive environment for the growth and development of target tree crops

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Dakhla and Laayoune

Dakhla and Laayoune The Department of State “Promoting Economic Opportunity in Dakhla and Laayoune” project has boosted sustainable, private sector employment and economic opportunity among youth, women, and disadvantaged groups in Dakhla and Laayoune by creating a comprehensive database and analysis of constraints and opportunities. In Phase One, JAA engaged with local leadership groups to ensure stakeholder support and trust, and then implemented their Manual for Action in the Private Sector (MAPS) toolkit for private sector mapping, SME random sample

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USAID Serbia Velika Mala Privreda

USAID Serbia Velika Mala Privreda USAID Serbia Velika Mala Privreda will build upon successful past USAID investments to achieve greater impact and catalyze systemic transformation by shifting from a national, sectoral focus to a regionally tailored approach that strengthens local market systems. In partnership with J.E. Austin Associates, ACDI/VOCA has identified  the Agriculture and Food and Machinery and Equipment sectors as having export market potential and the potential for inclusive growth in underdeveloped regions of the country. The VMP activity is

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USAID Vietnam Strengthening Provincial Capacity

USAID Vietnam Strengthening Provincial Capacity As part of a consortium with Chemonics and Portland State University, J.E. Austin Associates (JAA) is implementing the USAID-funded Vietnam Strengthening Provincial Capacity (SPC) activity. The goal of the SPC project is to increase the effectiveness of economic governance at the provincial level across Vietnam by strengthening the capacity of local service providers serving policy makers. The consortium is working with three Vietnamese institutions – the National Academy of Public Admin, the School of Government

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