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Doing More with Less for Market Systems Development

Wed, August 2, 2017
Patrick Starr
Financial Specialist
USAID's Bureau for Food Security
Explore key takeaways from June's Market Systems Global Learning and Evidence Exchange in Dakar, Senegal.

Poverty Dynamics and the Broader Utility of Resilience in Uganda

Mon, May 9, 2016
Greg Collins
USAID Resilience Coordinator and Director of the Center for Resilience
The explanations as to why some households descend or backslide into poverty while other (more resilient) households do not vary and reveal a nuanced, complex picture that belies simplistic policy prescriptions.

The Art of Collecting Qualitative Life Histories, and What They Can Teach Us About Resilience

Wed, April 6, 2016
Lucy Scott
Research Fellow
Overseas Development Institute
Learn what insights life histories reveal, particularly about the resilience (or lack thereof) of individuals and their households.

Sustaining Poverty Escapes: The Holy Grail of Development, and Why Resilience Matters

Mon, December 7, 2015
Anna Mdee
Research Fellow
Overseas Development Institute
Reporting back from USAID’s recent Resilience Workshop, ODI’s Dr. Anna Mdee reflects on sustainable poverty escapes, the evidence around them, and the relevance of the resilience agenda and systems thinking to this concept.

Notes from SEEP 2015 - Some Thoughts on Building Resilience in Agricultural Systems: What Works?

Mon, October 26, 2015
Dana James
Project Coordinator
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
What matters when working to build resilience for smallholders, and what works? Read this post highlighting insights from the SEEP 2015 conference to find out.

Seeking Smallholder Resilience: Technologies, Relationships, and Rules – Oh My!

Tue, September 15, 2015
Adam Keatts
Agriculture Knowledge Manager
Leading up to SEEP Network's 30th anniversary and conference, Adam Keatts writes a post on what it takes to build smallholder resilience.

Resilience and System Evolution

Wed, September 9, 2015
Paul Bundick
Director, Department of Economic Development and Livelihoods
FHI 360
Where is the balance between resilience and robustness? FHI 360's Paul Bundick takes this question on in this post, leading up to the Challenge Conference this month.

Beyond the Technology Fix

Mon, August 31, 2015
Caroline Fowler
International Program Manager
EcoVentures International
Caroline Fowler of EcoVentures International provides us with some insights on technology adoption and adaptation in low-income markets. Read more to learn about what factors influence farmer uptake.

Development Digest: Highlights from the Microlinks and Agrilinks Joint Seminar on Ag Insurance, Risk, and Resilience

Fri, April 24, 2015
Dana James
Project Coordinator
On April 23, Microlinks and Agrilinks hosted a joint seminar titled "Realizing Rural Resilience and Inclusive Growth by Reducing Risk: Is Agricultural Insurance the Key?" This post pulls out some of the highlights from the informative discussion.

Development Digest: Key takeaways from “Is Market Systems Development Inherently a Resilience Approach?”

Tue, March 31, 2015
Dana James
Project Coordinator
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
Did you miss the March 24th Microlinks seminar on markets systems development and resilience? Catch up on the highlights by reading this post and then add your comments or questions!

Is Building Resilience Synonymous with Market Systems Development?

Mon, March 16, 2015
Keith Proctor
Senior Policy Researcher
Mercy Corps
Let's be sure that we're not trading one vulnerability for another. Mercy Corps' Keith Proctor explains.

Let Us Work in Gray Areas!

Mon, March 2, 2015
Greg Collins
Deputy Director, USAID Resilience Secretariat
What is the relationship between market systems and resilience? Explore this "gray area" with USAID's Greg Collins.

Market Systems: Late to the Resilience Party

Fri, February 20, 2015
Ruth Campbell
Senior Vice President
Ruth Campbell of ACDI/VOCA unpacks some of the characteristics of resilient market systems.