Recent Publications and Resources

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 ...
Bangladesh

Creating Economic Opportunity For Small Businesses in Bangladesh

Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) is a £25m facility to create economic opportunities for small businesses by changing the behavior of market actors in the financial sector. We are improving the policy and regulatory environment for financial institutions, inducing private sector investment in expanding the frontiers of finance, and enhancing the creditworthiness of small businesses. Small businesses are among the main drivers of growth for countries worldwide. In Bangladesh, small businesses employ over half of the country’s workforce and contribute to a quarter of GDP. These 8 million small business, also known officially as either cottage, micro ...
2018 A year of change and growth for Nathan - Update from London

2018 A year of change and growth for Nathan – Update from London

The old Chinese adage of ‘may you live in interesting times’ certainly rang true for the UK international development consultancy sector in 2018. We had to deal with the potential and early consequences of Brexit on European Commission contract awards and the implications of meeting DFID’s new terms and conditions. But the term interesting can be used to describe two types of situations; the challenging as well as those filled with potential. For Nathan, its interesting year was primarily filled with events that offer the potential for change and growth. An upcoming change will be the promotion of Eamon Cassidy, ...
Advancing Employment in APEC for Persons with Disabilities

Advancing Employment in APEC For Persons with Disabilities

Increasing the access of people with disabilities to inclusive employment opportunities is a key component to advancing inclusive economic growth across all of APEC’s 21 member economies. By integrating persons with disabilities, who represent about one in every six – or 650 million people in total – in the region, into the workforce, economies enhance the economic well-being of a significant number of people and provide an outlet for their unique contributions toward regional economic growth and innovation.  This report aims to provide APEC with a regional baseline of the opportunities and challenges facing persons with disabilities in the region ...
APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit

APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit

Women in the Asia-Pacific continue to face barriers in entering, remaining in, and advancing in the workforce. The multi-year APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE) initiative aims to address health-related issues, which include workplace injuries, sexual harassment, lack of family-friendly policies, and more. In 2015, APEC welcomed the HWHE policy toolkit: a menu of options and actions that economies may pursue in part or as a whole to achieve HWHE objectives. The toolkit focuses on five areas – workplace health and safety, health access and awareness, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and work/life balance. An underlying APEC Healthy Women, ...
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