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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.

Bridging the Divide for Success in Nutrition-Sensitive Agricultural Market Development

Mon, May 22, 2017
Kristin O'Planick
Market Systems & Enterprise Development Specialist
Sally Abbott
Senior Nutrition Advisor
This is the story of how two USAID staff had a perspective-shifting moment and how they hope to create it for others working in nutrition and agricultural market development.

A New Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation

Wed, May 10, 2017
Microlinks Team
In the most recent episode of the USAID Learning Labs podcast, we learn about a shift in monitoring and evaluation methods incorporating learning into resilience project design in Somalia.

Understanding Unpaid Care Work: Women’s Empowerment Beyond the Paid Economy

Tue, May 9, 2017
Mar Maestre
International Development Researcher and Practitioner
The advancement of women’s rights and economic empowerment in market systems contributes to the economic well-being of families, communities, and nations.

What Works for Women’s Employment

Tue, April 11, 2017
Sarah Gammage
Director of Gender, Economic Empowerment, and Livelihoods
International Center for Research on Women
Liliane Winograd
Gender and Development Specialist
International Center for Research on Women
Learn how demand-side interventions can be powerful tools to increase women’s economic participation.

The Value of Time Travel: MERS Through the Ages

Mon, March 27, 2017
Sarah Ward
Independent Consultant: Livelihoods and Economic Recovery in Crisis
Learn more about the MERS 3rd Edition and how thinking around market systems and livelihoods has advanced.

Women Without Borders: Q and A With Banyan Global's Lis Meyers on Women in Southern Africa's Informal Cross-Border Trade

Thu, March 16, 2017
Microlinks Team
This Q and A with Lis Meyers of Banyan Global follows Agrilinks-Microlinks' joint event on International Women's Day, which explored female informal cross-border traders in southern Africa and the constraints they face.

Empowering Girls to Enter the Workforce: ICRW’s PAGE Program

Wed, March 1, 2017
Erin Kelly
Senior Communications Specialist
Learn how the PAGE program is empowering adolescent girls and building their job skills in schools in low-income communities in New Delhi, India.

How the Avon Lady Improves Incomes in Bangladesh by 31%

Wed, February 8, 2017
Maruf Azam
Emily Janoch
Learn how a direct sales model solves a market need in Bangladesh.

Fixing a Market Failure Provides Profits and Empowerment

Wed, January 25, 2017
Emily Janoch
Deputy Director for Research, Innovation, Evaluation, and Learning
Akram Ali
A few small changes in the market system—collection points closer to home, machines that provide more transparency, and aligning the needs of buyers and producers—can provide all of these benefits because together they solve the market failure.

Your Questions About Facilitating Systemic Change in Feed the Future Countries Answered! (Part 2 of 2)

Wed, December 7, 2016
Microlinks Team
Practitioners from ACDI/VOCA, Impact LLC and MarketShare Associates discussed findings on the diffusion of innovations within market systems in several programs. Part 2 of 2.