Recent Publications and Resources

GOLD: Nathan's CMS and Claims Database

GOLD: Nathan’s CMS and Claims Database

Nathan experts have developed a content management system product, GOLD, that effectively and efficiently manages data and documents relating to all aspects of litigation. Background Litigation matters often involve significant amounts of data and documentation. The data and documents typically come from many sources, need to be accessible to multiple parties, need to be securely maintained, and must be maintained in such a way that the integrity stays intact. In our Litigation & Expert Services Line of Business, Nathan experts provide our clients with high quality research, analysis, reports, and expert testimony, and we work directly with the large amounts ...
Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups: What Do We Know?

Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups: What Do We Know?

In collaboration with the SEEP Network and FSD Africa, Nathan conducted research to understand the relationship between Savings Groups and Women’s Empowerment, culminating in the development of a learning brief “Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups: What Do We Know?” and an accompanying Monitoring and Results Measurement Toolkit. There is strong evidence that Savings Groups expand access to financial resources by women, and contribute to asset accumulation and increased business investments. This is why Savings Groups are commonly promoted as an economic strengthening strategy within women’s empowerment programming. There is, however, a need to better understand the pathways between Savings Groups ...
Done well, electric utility rate design can be a significant enabler of the electric vehicle market. Done poorly, a significant barrier. Can rate design help e-mobility move into the fast lane? Download the white paper.

E-Mobility & Rate Design: Life in the Fast Lane

E-mobility, or transportation electrification, is an emerging global force that will play a key role in dealing with climate change. This white paper discusses the e-mobility transformation and describes how rate design can help e-mobility move into and stay in the fast lane. Connect with the author Learn more about our Energy practice The PDF of this paper is available on request; please fill out the form on this page and it will be emailed to you ...
External Evaluation of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

External Evaluation of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

Nathan was contracted in September 2018 to conduct an external evaluation of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), which assists developing countries in implementing international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, guidelines and recommendations to gain and maintain market access. This report sets out the conclusions and recommendations of that evaluation, concluded in 2019. STDF is a global partnership and trust fund, established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Bank, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2004. The STDF Secretariat is housed and administered by the WTO in Geneva. As a global ...
M-Access: Promoting Sustainability in Agriculture Management

M-Access: Promoting Sustainability in Agriculture Management

Market Development (MADE) for Northern Ghana is a DFID/UKAid funded project that uses the Making Markets Work for The Poor (M4P) approach to increase incomes and yields for smallholder farmers (SHFs) and small rural enterprises. The project is being implemented by Nathan. Agribusinesses in Northern Ghana provide inputs to smallholder farmers (SHF) on credit. These transactions are largely recorded on paper. Maintaining the records is laborious and it is difficult for businesses to develop meaningful insights such as credit-worthiness of farmers, the performance of inputs, among others. SHFs do not receive a record of the transactions leading to disputes during ...
CUSTOMS MODERNIZATION HANDBOOK: HOW AUTHORIZED ECONOMIC OPERATORS HAVE EVOLVED: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

Customs Modernization Handbook: How Authorized Economic Operators Have Evolved: Latest Developments (2018)

Customs administrations continue to adapt to an ever-changing environment of growing trade volumes, new trade business models, increasing need for security, and demand from consumers regarding speed, predictability, transparency, and cost reduction. In the past two decades, Customs administrations have moved beyond their original role as the governments’ primary revenue collectors to play an important role in developing and implementing programs to secure international supply chains, encourage compliance, and facilitate trade. To assist developing country Customs administrations with their evolving roles, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) commissioned a series of Customs modernization handbooks including the 2010 Customs ...
Nathan Associates Myanmar

All Good?: How Credit Scoring Works in Myanmar

This paper examines the role of credit scoring in very low-default environments based on experience in both commercial banks and MFIs in Myanmar, between 2016-2018. It argues that, even in low-default environments, financial institutions stand to gain from digitization and automation of the loan-application process and from the consistent and efficient application of credit policy that a credit-scoring model facilitates. However, quantitative risk measurement is not possible until financial institutions have lent to a sufficient number of borrowers who actually fail to pay back. In some market segments in Myanmar, such as traditional microfinance, such borrowers have been very hard ...
APEC Women in STEM: A Focus on Entrepreneurship

APEC Women in STEM: A Focus on Entrepreneurship

Support for women entrepreneurs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) can lead to job growth and higher returns for investors. This report, authored by Nathan and funded by USAID and U.S. Department of State as part of the US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) project, is a follow-up report to the November 2016 publication APEC Women in STEM: A Framework for Dialogue, Learning and Action. The report looks at women’s STEM entrepreneurship in the United States, given that data availability and metrics on women’s STEM entrepreneurship, or women’s entrepreneurship overall, are not consistent across all 21 APEC economies. The authors employ regression ...
Loading...