This report investigates and maps the current tour guide situation in Myanmar. Capacity issues, gaps, strengths, challenges and opportunities are identified and market change for the poor is discussed with examples of how tourism can produce direct, indirect and dynamic effects.
BIF undertook a 'rapid' assessment of the malting barley market in Ethiopia to identify areas of under-performance that constrain smallholder farmers' benefits from the market and that can be addressed through private sector investment.
An analysis of Myanmar’s comparative and competitive advantage on the international market for high-value addition processed and manufactured bamboo. This study also examines how different business models could contribute to poverty reduction and to what extent.
This report aims to provide an understanding and analysis of political and economic constraints and opportunities for change, leading to recommendations for operational delivery objectives as part of BIF’s bamboo market strategy. It provides an overview of the bamboo sector including key stakeholders, relevant aspects of legislation and policy, the informal ‘rules of the game’, and conflict sensitivity risks.
In June 2014 BIF completed a survey of retail outlets across Malawi to investigate the scale and performance of the pico solar product “grey market”. The grey market is defined as PSPs that have not met national or international product quality standards.