Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development: USAID Needs to Develop a Targeting Process and Improve the Reliability of Its Monitoring, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Highlights: "Millions of poor families throughout the developing world derive income from MSME [micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise] activities. For decades, USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] has sought to use MSME assistance as a tool to achieve economic growth and poverty reduction in low-income countries. To improve programs and activities relating to women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, Congress passed the Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act of 2018. Congress included a provision in this statute for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to assess USAID's MSME assistance. This report examines (1) USAID's planned MSME assistance for fiscal years 2015-2020; (2) the extent to which USAID targeted its MSME assistance to women and the very poor and developed a targeting process that it uses to comply with statutory requirements; and (3) the extent to which USAID has an appropriate process for monitoring its MSME assistance. GAO analyzed USAID documents and planned spending levels and interviewed USAID officials in Washington, D.C., and at 10 missions in regions in which USAID operates."

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