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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.

They Love Me, They Love Me Not: How the Agriculture Sector Can Woo Today’s Youth

Mon, August 8, 2016
Eliza Chard
Youth Research Consultant, Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) Activity
What drives youth involvement in agribusiness? A practitioner reflects.

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.

Show Me the Data: Small and Medium Enterprises and Those Elusive Jobs

Tue, July 19, 2016
Anastasia de Santos
Economist, Trade & Regulatory Reform Office
What interventions increase sales revenue, profits and employment of small and medium enterprises (SMEs)?

Politics of Evidence: Can I Get a Green Card?

Wed, July 13, 2016
Elizabeth Dunn
Do we have enough evidence to know if market systems approaches work? What kind of evidence is “good enough” and who decides? Read what a lively debate on the “politics of evidence” reveals about evaluation approaches.

Value Chain Assessments in Volatile or Low-Resource Environments

Thu, June 16, 2016
Megan O’Donnell
International Development Consultant
In challenging environments, value chain assessment teams must adapt processes to effectively research, analyze, vet and present recommendations – and live to tell the tale.

Secrets Behind Non-Traditional Training Methods

Tue, June 7, 2016
Margie Brand
Executive Director, EcoVentures International
Instead of mystifying learning by sharing information that is overly complicated with very little chance of changing and improving behavior, less traditional learning methods demystify concepts and bring on deep-rooted, positive changes in behavior.

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.

Designing for Transformative Change

Fri, May 6, 2016
Jeanne Downing
Independent Consultant And Market Systems Specialist
Explore the implications of agricultural economists’ theories of change for the design of market systems projects.

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.

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.