IMPROVING BUSINESS PERFORMANCE THROUGH GENDER EQUALITY

Levi Strauss Foundation, 2017

LS&Co. commissioned this report to identify and promote promising strategies to advance gender equality across the apparel supply chain while strengthening business operations. The report identifies five priority focus areas for investment and details ten strategies that are making the global apparel supply chain more fair, engaging, and productive for all.

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Global Microscope 2016: The Enabling Environment for Financial Inclusion

The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2016

The Global Microscope assesses the regulatory environment for financial inclusion across 12 indicators and 55 countries. It was developed by the The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in collaboration with the Multilateral Investment Fund, the Development Bank of Latin America, the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, and Citi Microfinance. MANAUS supported the EIU with the analysis of a number of the countries included in the tool. To access the reports, please click on: Global Microscope 2016 | Global Microscope 2015 | 

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Utility Business Models for the Base of the Pyramid

Inter-American Development Bank, 2016

This study focuses on the business models of three utility companies in Colombia that have successfully entered traditionally underserved BOP markets to provide access to finance. As Latin America and Asia house the world’s two largest BOP markets, the study draws relevant lessons to utility companies in Asia seeking to enter the BOP market. The report was commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank and its findings are to be presented at the Asian Development Bank’s 2nd Inclusive Business Forum to take place in Manila in February 2016.

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The 2016 Migration Governance Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2016

Commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and designed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the Migration Governance Index (MGI) aims to provide a consolidated framework for evaluating country-specific migration governance structures, and to act as a potential source for informing implementation of the migration-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The MGI looks at 15 countries and uses 73 qualitative questions to measure performance across five domains identified as the building blocks of effective migration governance: 1) institutional capacity, 2) migrant rights, 3) safe and orderly migration, 4) labor migration management, and 5) regional and international cooperation.

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FSM Family Health and Safety Study

United Nations Population Fund, 2015

This cross-sectional study aimed to gauge the prevalence and types of violence against women in Micronesia. The study also documented the associations between partner violence and the wellbeing of the woman and her children. Our Global Research Manager, Carlued Leon, led field research activities in FSM and co-authored the final study report.

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Belau Family Health and Safety Study

United Nations Population Fund, 2015

This cross-sectional study sought to obtain reliable data on the prevalence and types of violence against women in Palau. The study also documented the effect of partner violence on key health issues and other outcomes. Our Global Research Manager, Carlued Leon, provided technical support to the closing phase of the study and co-authored the final study report.

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Nauru Family Health and Support Study

United Nations Population Fund, 2015

The study aimed to obtain reliable information on violence against women in Nauru. Though its findings derived from a non-representative sample of women in select districts, the study provides a preliminary understanding around violence against women in the country, its characteristics, and consequences. Our Global Research Manager, Carlued Leon, provided technical support to the closing stage of the study and co-authored the final study report.

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Country Portfolio Evaluation of UN Women's Work in Mozambique

UN Women, 2015

This country portfolio evaluation assesses the normative, coordination, and programmatic work of UN Women in Mozambique. The evaluation consisted of a theory-based cluster design to systematically assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the contributions of UN Women to the improvement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country. The evaluation was based on the theories of change developed for the 2012-2015 country portfolio and followed the assessment criteria of the OECD and the UN Evaluation Group

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Assessing the use of technology and Khan Academy to improve educational outcomes in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

Funsepa, 2016

This report presents the results of an independent evaluation of the Sergio Paiz Andrade Foundation’s (Funsepa) pilot program in Sacatepéquez. The pilot aimed to take an innovative approach to Funsepa’s traditional programming and enhance student academic performance in mathematics by incorporating Khan Academy’s tools. The evaluation found that combining technology with Khan Academy produces a higher positive effect on student math performance than the traditional Funsepa intervention.

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Youth Economic Strategy (YES) Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015

The Economist Intelligence Unit commissioned MANAUS to assess youth development and economic empowerment policies in the cities of Panama, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. The assessment included indicators such as financial access, educational opportunities, entrepreneurship, tax incentives, employment opportunities and challenges, and socio-political participation, among others.

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Levi Strauss & Co.'s Improving Workers Wellbeing (IWWB) Project Evaluation

Levi Strauss & Co., 2015

This report describes the major findings of an external evaluation of two programs implemented under the Levi Strauss & Co.’s (LS&Co.) Improving Worker Wellbeing (IWWB) initiative in Haiti. The evaluation combined quantitative and qualitative research methods, including stakeholder engagements, face-to-face surveys and focus groups with workers, and desk reviews of internal project documents and monitoring data. 

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VisionSpring: Eye Care for the Base of the Pyramid

Inter-American Development Bank, 2013

This report presents the results of an independent evaluation conducted by MANAUS of VisionSpring's business model to provide affordable eye care to low-income communities in El Salvador. The evaluation was commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and its main objective was to determine whether the activities implemented and resources spent by VisionSpring fulfilled those outlined in the technical cooperation project with the IADB.

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Tenda Atacado: Transforming Business Relations into Partnerships for Growth

Inter-American Development Bank, 2012

MANAUS prepared several case studies for the Inter-American Development Bank on the experience and results of Latin American companies that support the development and expansion of business models that serve low-income populations. This report presents the case of Tenda Atacado, a leading Brazilian retailer and wholesale distributor that focuses on a cash and carry model in the State of São Paulo.  

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Empresas Públicas de Medellín: Going Beyond the Basics and Banking the Unbanked

Inter-American Development Bank, 2012

MANAUS prepared several case studies for the Inter-American Development Bank on the experience and results of Latin American companies that support the development and expansion of business models that serve low-income populations. This report presents the case of Empresas Públicas de Medellín, a public utilities company that has been servicing the municipality of Medellin, in Antioquia, Colombia, for over fifty years. 

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Mi Tienda: Establishing an Integrated Rural Supply Network in Mexico

Inter-American Development Bank, 2012

MANAUS prepared several case studies for the Inter-American Development Bank on the experience and results of Latin American companies that support the development and expansion of business models that serve low-income populations. This report presents the case of Mi Tienda, a social mission based company conceived by a group of highly respected entrepreneurs led by one of the founders of Banco Compartamos, Latin America’s largest microfinance institution.

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CSR Practices in Venezuela: The Case of Empresas Polar

Americas Quarterly, 2012

This article showcases the corporate social responsibility initiatives implemented by Empresas Polar, Venezuela’s largest food manufacturer and distributor, and its ability to survive the seizure policies of Hugo Chávez. The story of Empresas Polar provides a useful object lesson in how one company turned its CSR programs into a successful business defense against a powerful, predatory regime. The article was co-authored by our Global Research Manager, Carlued Leon.

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FUNSEPA Monitoring & Evaluation Project Report

FUNSEPA, 2012

This report presents the results of an evaluation to determine the impact of computer labs and teacher training on the educational improvement of public school students throughout Guatemala. Its methodology involved in-country visits, survey design and implementation, randomized sampling, a comparison group, and statistical analysis of results. The final deliverable included results on academic achievement, dropout rates, and probability of passing the academic year.

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Sustainability and Call Centers in Latin America

Forum Empresa, 2011

This study is the result of an extensive review of academic and business literature, along with the application of a specially designed survey applied to a group of companies in Latin America. Results suggest a series of best practice solutions to labor issues that frequently arise in the industry. The publication was produced by Forum Empresa in collaboration with MANAUS' President, Tamar B. Koosed, and Senior Advisor, Dr. Richard Feinberg.

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Stories From the Field

Business for Social Responsibility, 2011

This book provides a reader-friendly collection of 14 case studies from Business for Social Responsibility's DR-CAFTA Responsible Competitiveness Project in Central America and the Dominican Republic, which was created to make the business case for responsible labor in the region. The volume is a project of Business for Social Responsibility in colaboration with MANAUS' President, Tamar B. Koosed, and Senior Advisor, Dr. Richard Feinberg.

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Business Promotion of Economic and Social Progress: Successful Stories from Latin America

The case studies in this volume chronicle 11 corporate social responsibility projects executed by private firms in Latin America whose social goals were to advance the welfare of the citizens and families in their respective communities. The volume was developed by Forum Empresa in collaboration with MANAUS' President, Tamar B. Koosed, and Senior Advisor, Dr. Richard Feinberg. MANAUS' Global Research Manager, Carlued Leon, authored one of the case studies.

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