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Demystifying Practical Market Facilitation Tactics Though Next Generation Learning Tools

Thu, October 13, 2016
Margie Brand
Executive Director
Explore learning tools that build practitioners’ capacity around effective market facilitation in a creative, experiential, "text-lite," and interactive way that is particularly oriented towards field-based staff.

Did a Facilitation Approach Pass the Test of Time? Insights from an “Ex-Post” Assessment in Cambodia

Thu, July 28, 2016
Ben Fowler
Principal Consultant, MarketShare Associates (MSA)
The LEO project is speeding towards the finish line! LEO’s broad goals of increasing the capacity of donors and implementers to design, implement and evaluate market systems projects have led to some landmark publications.

When Sequencing Matters: Why We Changed our Theory of Change

Wed, March 30, 2016
Leanne Rasmussen
Manager, Private Sector Development
Why one agricultural inputs activity revised their change theory to prioritize and sequence interventions.

Seeking Indicators of System Health

Mon, February 22, 2016
Michael Field
Let's rethink how projects should be evaluated in the context of systems thinking.

Mentor-preneurship: No entrepreneur can do it alone

Tue, February 2, 2016
Kathleen Bury
What impact does mentoring have on entrepreneurs? Can it boost an entire entrepreneurship ecosystem?

5 Hacks to Boost Any Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Part 2

Thu, January 21, 2016
Mike Ducker
J.E. Austin Associates
Want to boost entrepreneurship? Here are two more tricks to keep up your sleeve.

Question: How many farmers does the Feed the Future initiative benefit worldwide?

Mon, December 14, 2015
Elizabeth McGuinness
LMG Consulting
Any number that a Feed the Future activity reports is very likely to underestimate the actual number of farmers reached. Here’s why.

“There’s something awfully screwy going on around here” — Finding the missing piece in a market system analysis.

Mon, November 23, 2015
Olaf Kula
Senior Vice President, Private Engagement
When a market system isn’t humming along as it should, something must be missing. Read on for examples from Cambodia and Guinea.

Strengthening Entrepreneurship by Understanding Failure

Wed, November 18, 2015
Christy Sisko
Eileen Hoffman
Read these meaty takeaways from our online discussion about failure in entrepreneurship.

Notes from SEEP 2015 - 4 Practical Tips for Working with Farmer Producer Groups

Fri, October 30, 2015
Charlie Turner
Communications Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
We caught up with practitioners at the SEEP conference to discuss the do's and don'ts of market systems development. Give it a read!

Shifting to Market System Facilitation Approaches

Tue, October 20, 2015
Kristin O'Planick
Enterprise Development Specialist
Shifting to a market systems approach has many practical and operational implications, especially around staffing, relationships, M&E, and coordination. USAID is one organisation that is implementing these shifts and sharing some lessons learned.

Development Digest: Engaging Emotions to Change Behavior Through Market Simulation Training

Fri, September 25, 2015
Kristin Kelly Jangraw
Communications Specialist
Tired of traditional training methods? Try building a market simulation - an innovative approach to training.

Systemic Change: Means or Ends?

Tue, December 16, 2014
Elizabeth Dunn
Research Economist
Elizabeth Dunn investigates questions around systemic change in market systems.