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Delivering Quality Financial Services to the World’s Poor


  • USAID needed support for its microenterprise efforts
  • Abt’s AMAP facility offered extensive technical resources
  • USAID was able to expand its services
The Challenge

USAID’s Washington, D.C. and mission-based operating units needed additional services to establish or expand their efforts to offer efficient, sustainable and quality financial services to the poor.

The Approach

The Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project (AMAP) facility was developed by Abt Associates to provide the quick and effective technical assistance – including training and financial services – required to design, implement, evaluate and deliver creative, state-of-the-art microfinance and business development services. 

The Results

AMAP expanded the delivery of financial and business development services providers to microentrepreneurs; increased the capacity of participating financial and business development service providers; supported research on key issues in the microenterprise development field; improved the legal, regulatory and operational environment for microentrepreneurs and the institutions that serve them; and expanded the dissemination of best practices to USAID Missions and operating units, USAID-sponsored programs and the microenterprise development field.