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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.

Notes from SEEP 2015 - Women’s Economic Empowerment

Mon, October 26, 2015
Rosamund Mische John
Knowledge Management Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
This year’s SEEP Conference focused on inclusion and resilience, and included a Women’s Economic Empowerment track. Find out some of what we learned here.

Notes from SEEP 2015 - Some Thoughts on Building Resilience in Agricultural Systems: What Works?

Mon, October 26, 2015
Dana James
Project Coordinator
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
What matters when working to build resilience for smallholders, and what works? Read this post highlighting insights from the SEEP 2015 conference to find out.

Shifting to Market System Facilitation Approaches

Tue, October 20, 2015
Kristin O'Planick
Enterprise Development Specialist
USAID
Shifting to a market systems approach has many practical and operational implications, especially around staffing, relationships, M&E, and coordination. USAID is one organisation that is implementing these shifts and sharing some lessons learned.

Development Digest: Key Takeaways from “Pathways to Development: Evidence from YouthSave”

Thu, October 15, 2015
Kristin Kelly Jangraw
Communications Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
What happened when low-income teens in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Nepal got their own savings accounts? Read the latest findings from the YouthSave project.

Banking the Youth Bulge: The Next Frontier in Financial Inclusion?

Thu, October 15, 2015
Kristin Kelly Jangraw
Communications Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
Youth Savings Groups can be a powerful tool for youth economic empowerment. We’ve got some tips on how to make the most of them.

Making Women Count: The Challenge of Measuring Gendered Impact in Market Systems Facilitation

Tue, October 13, 2015
Sonia Jordan
Gender Advisor, Private Sector Development Team
Adam Smith International
Sonia Jordan of Adam Smith International dives into challenges associated with measuring the integration of women's economic empowerment in market systems programming.

The Business Case for Women's Economic Empowerment: What is the Way Forward?

Tue, September 29, 2015
Gianluca Nardi
Senior Technical Advisor
CARE International
What are the challenges to women's economic empowerment in business? Check out Gianluca Nardi's take.

Development Digest: Engaging Emotions to Change Behavior Through Market Simulation Training

Fri, September 25, 2015
Kristin Kelly Jangraw
Communications Specialist
Tired of traditional training methods? Try building a market simulation - an innovative approach to training.

Can Private Sector Partnerships Create Pro-Poor Market System Change?

Thu, September 17, 2015
Susan Rae Ross
CEO and Founder of SR International
What do you think are the most important models for partnerships in emerging markets? Read Susan Rae Ross's take and tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Seeking Smallholder Resilience: Technologies, Relationships, and Rules – Oh My!

Tue, September 15, 2015
Adam Keatts
Agriculture Knowledge Manager
Fintrac
Leading up to SEEP Network's 30th anniversary and conference, Adam Keatts writes a post on what it takes to build smallholder resilience.