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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.

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.

Feed the Future’s Role in Strengthening Women’s Empowerment

Thu, September 29, 2016
Yanet Rodriguez
Program Analyst
USAID
Krista Jacobs
Gender Advisor
USAID
Read how Feed the Future is investing in women's empowerment in agriculture.

What We Learned Through ONA... and What We Learned About ONA

Mon, September 12, 2016
Craig Hempfling
Independent Consultant
The Government of Serbia is growing the MSME sector through public, private, education and civil society actors. USAID/Serbia asked the LEO activity to utilize organizational network analysis (ONA) to explore these networks' effectiveness.

Implementing Market Systems Programs in Fragile Contexts

Fri, September 9, 2016
Andy Hunter
Economic Development Consultant
It is incumbent upon implementing agencies in Afghanistan to phase out subsidies and allow natural Afghan entrepreneurship to grow into the market gaps.

Spotlight on the PSNP 4 Employment Pathway

Tue, September 6, 2016
Tesfaye Tilahun Workineh
Senior Social Protection/Livelihoods Specialist
Learn how the Government of Ethiopia moved away from annual emergency responses and took decisive action to tackle food insecurity in a systematic manner by launching the Productive Safety Net Program.

Is Ultra Poverty Graduation Working?

Fri, August 19, 2016
Daniel Kessler
Uplift
To reach scale and achieve the goal of eradication of extreme poverty by 2030, the graduation approach requires collaborative action among NGOs, MFIs and governments implementing safety net programs.

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.