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10 Things Cities and Local Government Units (LGUs) Can Do to Improve Internet Connectivity

Internet connectivity remains a challenge in the Philippines. A Filipino spends over 10 hours a day on the internet, the longest in the world next to South Africans, but only a small portion of the country’s population – about 18 percent of households and 43 percent of individuals – have access to secure and reliable internet connection.  More recently, the Digital Cities Index found connectivity levels in Manila to be too low to enable digital transformation, as the city placed last among 30 global cities in its 2022 ranking.   The ...
Strengthening Public Financial Management Processes for Enhanced Development Outcomes

Strengthening Public Financial Management Processes for Enhanced Development Outcomes

Strengthening Public Financial Management Processes for Enhanced Development Outcomes  Authored by: Uzma Ashraf Barton (Principal Associate), Adam Kadir (Associate), Tim Robinson (Principal Economist)[1] Strong Public Financial Management (PFM) and Public Investment Management (PIM) systems are enablers of sound economic growth, improved service delivery, and sustainable development outcomes. But when PFM and PIM processes are inefficient, governments risk losing up to 30 percent return on investment [2]—negatively impacting a countries’ ability to achieve their full public investments potential. So, what can be done to minimize diminished public investment returns? For one, ...
DFC to Host Climate Finance Event on World Earth Day!

DFC to Host Climate Finance Event on World Earth Day!

Arlington, Virginia The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is excited to announce the Investing in a Sustainable Future – Climate Finance in Emerging Markets virtual event scheduled for April 22, 2022 (World Earth Day) for businesses, NGOs, commercial banks, investment funds, and institutional investors around the world who have active projects relevant to climate mitigation, adaptation, and/or resiliency (Register Here). This event will serve to reach entities that are eligible for DFC support and inform them about how they can work with DFC. During the event, attendees will have ...
ASEAN-USAID IGNITE Launches ASEAN Digital Integration Index

ASEAN-USAID IGNITE Launches ASEAN Digital Integration Index

Arlington, November 12 – USAID, through the ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade and E-Commerce (IGNITE) project, developed the ASEAN Digital Integration Index (ADII). This index measures the digital integration implementation across all ASEAN Member States. The inaugural ADII offers a fixed point for ASEAN to begin reviewing progress in implementing the ASEAN Digital Integration Framework (DIF) and developing a pathway for digital transformation for ASEAN Member states. This transformation will further assist in COVID-19 recovery efforts and build resilience for MSME’s. This report presents the key findings ...
Nathan wins new contract with DFC to support the Office of the Chief Development Officer

Nathan wins new contract with DFC to support the Office of the Chief Development Officer

ARLINGTON, VA, October 27, 2021 – Nathan is excited to announce that we were awarded a new 3-year Multiple-Award Blanket Purchase Agreement with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Office of the Chief Development Officer (CDO), to provide Townhall Project Development, Market Analysis, Event Organizing and Translation services in emerging markets. Through this activity, Nathan will support DFC in its efforts to access more diverse clients in harder-to-reach markets, by educating eligible companies on how they can work with DFC. Nathan will provide early-stage support to cultivate DFC’s prospective ...
RFP: Technical Assistance on Government Stakeholder Engagement on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), Women’s Empowerment Collectives (WECs) and Gender Integration (GI) in Uganda

RFP: Technical Assistance on Government Stakeholder Engagement on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), Women’s Empowerment Collectives (WECs) and Gender Integration (GI) in Uganda

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Technical Assistance on Government Stakeholder Engagement on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), Women’s Empowerment Collectives (WECs) and Gender Integration (GI) in Uganda Subaward under Nathan’s grant, Increasing Salience and Strategic Engagement for WEE, WECs, & GI (Gates Foundation) 1. Background Nathan Associates was awarded a grant to assist civil society organizations and advocacy coalitions in specific countries, regional fora, and international organizations in allocating and prioritizing gender considerations in budget and policy initiatives to further economic equity. This project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will ...
Nathan launches Workforce for an Innovation and Start-up Ecosystem Activity in Vietnam

Nathan launches Workforce for an Innovation and Start-up Ecosystem Activity in Vietnam

ARLINGTON, VA, September 2, 2021  – On October 1, 2021, the U.S. Support for Economic Growth in Asia (US-SEGA) program—funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State — launched the Workforce for an Innovation and Start-Up Ecosystem (WISE) activity — a two-year, US$ 2 million pilot activity with Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment’s National Innovation Center (MPI/NIC). The launch, a hybrid virtual and in-person event held in Hanoi, was attended by 100 representatives from government and industry. The event was livestreamed ...
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Nathan wins Digital Connectivity Program in the Philippines

ARLINGTON, July 1 – Nathan is excited to announce it is expanding its work in digital connectivity with the award of the USAID $33.4 million Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON) Activity. A partnership with USAID/Philippines, BEACON builds on Nathan’s long history of working in the Philippines and Southeast Asia and demonstrates Nathan and USAID’s expanding commitment to the growth of the digital economy. The BEACON Activity will begin at an important moment both in the Philippines and globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need to fast-track the expansion of ...