Synthesis Documents

USAID Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project (AMAP) BDS 2003-2007

    For those coming from the What's New page, there are 2 new documents on the right hand side: The Research Summary of Component A and the Stocktaking Summary of Component B. There are also a variety of other documents from AMAP on this website, listed under the topics they address.

    The USAID Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project (AMAP) is a four-year and one one-year option period project managed by the USAID Office of Microenterprise Development. The project has been designed to provide USAID Washington and Mission-based operating units with services required to establish, deepen and/or expand their activities in microenterprise development. The AMAP facility will provide quick and effective technical assistance, training, financial and evaluative services required to design, implement, evaluate and coordinate the delivery of creative, state-of-the-art microfinance and business development services to the world's poor. AMAP has been designed to: expand the delivery of financial and business development services providers to microentrepreneurs; increase the capacity of financial and business development service providers to microenterprises; support basic and applied research on key issues in the microenterprise development field; improve the legal, regulatory and operational environment for microentrepreneurs and the institutions that serve them; and expand the dissemination of best practices to USAID Missions and operating units, USAID-sponsored programs and the microenterprise development field.

    The goal of the 'BDS Knowledge & Practice' component of AMAP is to advance knowledge and practice - in the field of BDS - that leads to the improved performance of microenterprises and ultimately to poverty reduction. To achieve this goal 'BDS Knowledge & Practice' has the following objectives:

    - Generate and manage knowledge in BDS through the development and management of a BDS research and learning agenda that results in a range of products and body of information, of which Missions and practitioners are aware and that are used widely and result in improved practice
    - Advance practice in BDS through the dissemination of research products, the monitoring of awareness, use and relevance of these products for Missions and practitioners; and through the direct provision of technical assistance, training, and other services.

    AMAP BDS Knowledge & Practice has the following components:

    Component A: Research on Clients and Markets
    Component B: Tools for Market and Other Pre-design Assessments
    Component C: Intervention Design and Implementation Research
    Component D: Impact and Other Post-intervention Assessments
    Component E: Broader Research
    Component F: BDS Training
    Component G: Short-term Technical Services
    Component H: Knowledge Management

    More research plans and documents on AMAP BDS Knowledge and Practice will be posted here as they become available.

    Associated Activities and Documents
    Market Assessment
    »Weaving MSEs into Global Value Chains in Guatemala, by Dunn and Villeda / USAID, 2005
    »Analysis of the Integration of MSEs into Value Chains, Tanzania, USAID AMAP, 2006
    »Madagascar Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Value Chain Analysis, ACDI/VOCA, IRG, USAID AMAP 2006
    Impact Assessment
    »Private Sector Development Impact Assessment Primer Series, USAID AMAP, 2006-7
    »USAID Private Sector Development Impact Assessment Initiative, 2007-
    Synthesis Documents
    »Globalization and the Small Firm - An Industry Value Chain Approach to Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction, USAID AMAP 2006
    »Lessons Learned on MSE Upgrading in Value Chains, ACDI/VOCA USAID AMAP 2007 (English/French)