Small and Microfinance Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Program
Under a contract with the Academy for Educational Development (AED), Banyan Global provided technical assistance under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Small and Microfinance Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Program in the West Bank and Gaza. Banyan Global conducted a diagnostic assessment and made recommendations for assistance for Microfinance Providers (MFPs) that applied to the SMART Project for technical assistance and funding. The diagnostics completed during this early stage of the project focused on the MFPs’ current situation and their capacity to respond to the economic crises in the West Bank and Gaza and on their potential for growth and their future funding needs. A generalized industry technical assistance plan was also developed for broad support to the sector. In addition, Banyan Global developed an annual work plan for the program based on pending technical assistance packages, industry-wide technical assistance, and continuing projects.