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Market Systems Blog

In this blog series, USAID explores moving beyond a focus on isolated value chai

In this series, we move beyond isolated value chains and consider broader market systems as well as the resultant implications for programming.

Insights from Participatory Evaluation Processes: Adapting to Local Demands

Thu, October 12, 2017
Nick Aveling, Stuart Coupe, and Peter Harlock
Hand In Hand International And VisionFund International
Even the most well-designed projects run up against reality, requiring an adaptive management approach.

How to Navigate Tensions between Nutrition and Agricultural Development

Wed, October 11, 2017
Ladd
Senior Technical Director
ACDI/VOCA
Nutrition interventions alone cannot end malnutrition. Agricultural development programs need to embed nutrition-sensitive interventions into their planning and implementation.

The Evidence Is In: What Works for Youth Employment in Low-Income Countries

Wed, October 11, 2017
Chrissy Burbank
Knowledge Management Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
Learn why many of the strides made in vocational training have been linked to interventions providing soft skills rather than the hard skills that projects often target.

Changing Food and Market Systems to Improve Nutrition

Fri, September 22, 2017
Dan Norell
Senior Technical Advisor in Economic Development
World Vision US
Learn more about the importance of strengthening input market systems in the lead up to the 2017 SEEP Annual Conference.

Last Mile Financial Inclusion: What Will It Take to Reach More Rural Women?

Mon, September 18, 2017
The SEEP Network
Digital services — with their geographic reach, ease of use, and transparency — are driving financial inclusion and alleviating poverty. But are rural women being left behind?

Do Farmers Really Want to be Paid in Mobile Money?

Tue, September 12, 2017
Chrissy Martin
U.S. Global Development Lab USAID
Explore three ways mobile money adoption can be improved.

What is the Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Systemic Changes for WEE?

Mon, August 28, 2017
Ulrike Joras
Private Sector Advisor
Oxfam
Companies are increasingly playing an important role in addressing women’s economic empowerment in their supply chains.

Market Systems Approaches and Informal Norms in the Context of Bangladesh

Tue, August 22, 2017
Microlinks Team
In the context of Bangladesh, two of the most influential informal norms are family loyalty and social hierarchy, and these norms permeate many layers of social interaction and structure, including market systems and businesses.

New Approaches to Measuring Market Dynamics in Uganda

Fri, August 18, 2017
Microlinks Team
Learn how system mapping can reveal connections between interventions and pathways for synergy in market facilitation practices.

Got (Price) Risk?

Mon, August 14, 2017
Jennifer Cissé
Senior Risk Advisor
Even in a good year, when the weather cooperates and pests are held at bay, the world’s farmers face another threat: prices.