Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development
SPEED+

Quarterly Report FY17 Q1 August 31 – December 31, 2016

Introduction

The Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED+) activity is a four-year, $37.2 million project funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission in Mozambique (USAID/Mozambique). SPEED+ is designed to create a business enabling environment to attract investment, expand markets, and reduce costs, thus contributing to broad-based and inclusive economic growth and conservation of natural resources in Mozambique. SPEED+ will provide technical assistance and capacity-building to improve public-private policy dialogue; improve the policy environment for agriculture, trade, power, water, and biodiversity governance; and to strengthen the implementation of government policies and regulations.  SPEED+ seeks to support economic and structural policy reforms across four components: (1) agriculture, (2) trade, business enabling environment, (3) power, water, and (4) biodiversity conservation. SPEED+ will promote the areas of improved fiscal transparency, tax policy and economic and environmental governance across all aspects of its programming. The project will also support multiple global initiatives including the Feed the Future (FtF) Presidential Initiative, Trade Africa, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NA), the USAID Biodiversity Policy, the U.S. National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, and Power Africa.

 

This Quarterly Report covers the period from project start (August 26, 2016) through December 31, 2016.  USAID granted permission to include the period of August 26 – September 30, 2016 in the October 1 – December 31, 2016 reporting period as the project was still engaged in start-up activities in September and reporting was minimal.

The Quarterly Report is organized in two main sections: (1) Technical Activities and (2) Management and Administration.  Section 1 is organized by component and generally follows the structure of the Year 1 work plan to enable reporting against work plan activities.  If a work plan activity did not start during the reported quarter, it was left out of the report. USAID and SPEED+ agreed to prioritize the use of the SPEED+ Gender Checklist in work plan activities. Throughout its programming SPEED+ integrates gender concerns into its programmatic activities.    Annex 1 provides a list of reports and documents published during the quarter and Annex 2 provides a summary of M&E indicators.

Read the full report here:

SPEED-17-R001-Quarterly-Report-Q1-2017-01-31.pdf