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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.

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.

"More than Micro" Milestone 8: First Special Event with Agrilinks (October 2014)

Tue, March 22, 2016
Microlinks Team
Check out the eight installment of our "More than Micro" series and how we deepened our partnership with Agrilinks.

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality: Building a Strategic Framework

Wed, March 9, 2016
Wade Channell
Economic Growth Specialist for Gender
USAID adds another layer of commitment to promoting women’s economic empowerment and equality. Learn more about recent discussions.

Gettin’ GIF-fy With It: Using the WEAI and GIF to Mainstream Gender in Your Work

Thu, March 3, 2016
Dana James
Knowledge Management Specialist
Do you know how to use the WEAI and GIF together? This post unpacks the relationship between the two, and how both tools can be used to promote gender mainstreaming.