Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative Strategic Review 2.0




Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative Strategic Review 2.0

The Integra LEAP III team delivered an assessment of USAID’s 2013 PACE initiative. The initiative catalyzes private sector investment into early-stage enterprises and identifies innovative approaches to unlock the potential of promising enterprises at a global level. This assessment will review closed and ongoing activities with the following objectives:

  1. To understand the results across the portfolio by assessing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of PACE-supported intermediaries;
  2. To enhance current PACE activities in the remaining life of the project; and
  3. To identify data-driven trends valuable for all stakeholders (appropriate USAID CORs/AORs and Activity Managers, PACE intermediaries, public and private collaborators/implementers, and SGB beneficiaries) that support early-stage businesses.

The LEAP III team conducted initial desk reviews as part of Phase I of the assessment. Subsequent activities in Phase I included a brainstorming session with USAID staff, a synthesis of findings and findings brief, and the development of an inception report outlining the research questions, methodology, data collection methods, and a task list and schedule for Phase II.

In Phase II of the assessment, the team collected additional data needed for the assessment, adjusting for the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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